Cycling: Brian Cookson to stand for UCI presidency

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British Cycling supremo Brian Cookson will stand as a candidate for president of the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Irishman Pat McQuaid has led cycling’s world governing body since 2006 and has come under pressure following his handling of Lance Armstrong’s doping saga. Elections will take place at the UCI’s annual congress in Florence in September.

Cookson, 61, who has been president of British Cycling for 16 years, said yesterday: “I am today announcing that I am standing as a candidate for the Presidency of the UCI.

“I have the full support and nomination of my home federation, British Cycling, and I respectfully ask for the support of the national cycling federations of the world and the whole international cycling family.

“When I became the President of British Cycling in 1996, the Federation was deeply troubled and close to bankruptcy. Since that time cycling in my country has been transformed beyond recognition. Many wonderful people have helped this process, motivated by a passion to do the best for cycling, and I have been proud to lead them.”