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by Shane Stokes
May 5, 2017
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In January Tom Van Damme said that he was weighing up the pros and cons of running for UCI president, thus potentially putting his hat in the ring to go up against incumbent Brian Cookson and challenger David Lappartient later this year.
At the time Van Damme told Cyclingnews that he could wait as long as June before making his mind up.
Speaking to CyclingTips on Monday this week about the Giro descending competition controversy, Van Damme was asked if he had reached a decision. “No, not at all,” he answered. “That is something which I said would be something to think about at the beginning of June.”
He indicated that he didn’t want to elaborate on the subject. “This has nothing to do with this issue. My concern and also the concern of the members of the road commission who phoned me today is the safety of the riders.” Both he and Cookson made clear to Giro organisers RCS Sport that the new contest was not safe, helping to lead to its cancellation.
The UCI presidential election will be held at its annual congress in September. It coincides with the world road race championships, which will be in Bergen, Norway this year. Cookson is vying for a second four year term.