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Brian Cookson, confronting an choosing plea for his presidency of cycling’s ruling physique a UCI, launched a clever counterclaim of his stewardship on Friday and pronounced he expects to win another four-year duration in office.
He believes he has severely softened a “disastrous and controversy-ridden” organization he took over in 2013 and will continue to do so, generally in a areas of anti-doping, women’s cycling and moving appearance in a sport.
The 66-year-old Briton kick Irishman Pat McQuaid in a final choosing and was anticipating to be unopposed this time.
He is being challenged, however, by UCI vice-president and European Cycling Union boss David Lappartient from France, who Cookson described as carrying been “the personality of a antithesis for some time”.
The Frenchman announced his candidacy final month, 24 hours before a deadline.
“The replacement of UCI’s credit was an positively essential step, given a catastrophic state of a repute during a time, and we consider we’ve done good progress,” Cookson told a news conference.
“I worked really fast to reconstruct family with a World Anti-Doping Agency during each turn and we are now a rarely devoted partner within a anti-doping community.
“People have to trust and trust in a sport. we set about rebuilding a firmness of it since we suffered a lot of reputational damage. German radio had indeed stopped covering a Tour de France and 4 years ago we were threatened with being private from a Olympics.”
He forked to a new ethics code, strengthening a UCI’s financial position and flourishing cycling worldwide, with a record series of nations during a Rio Olympic Games and a growth of a UCI Women’s World Tour, with equal esteem money.
His declaration includes stability a tellurian growth of cycling, “keeping an eye on a round with anti-doping” and “using a chosen turn of cycling to enthuse people to get on a bike for health benefits.”
Criticised publicly by his prototype McQuaid, who called him “a fraud”, and by a ashamed former universe champion and seven-times Tour de France leader Lance Armstrong, Cookson said: “I don’t wish their support. (Their criticism) is a best probable publicity of me.”
The opinion among 45 representatives will take place on Sept. 21 during a UCI highway universe championships in Norway.
“I consider we have estimable support from all (geographical) areas,” Cookson said. “Do we consider I’ll win? Yes.”