‘Great progress’ done in restoring UCI’s reputation, says Brian Cookson

Brian Cookson believes he has severely softened a organization he took over in 2013. (Source: AP) 

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.”

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