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Press release - Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson candidates for UCI President




Two candidates, Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson, will stand for the Presidency of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in three months’ time.  Elections will take place at the UCI Congress in Florence, Italy, on 27th September.

Pat McQuaid was first elected as UCI President in 2005 and is running for a third term:

“Cycling has changed since I became UCI President in 2005. Cycling is now a global sport. It is now possible to race and win clean. During the past eight years I have introduced the most sophisticated and effective anti-doping infrastructure in world sport to cycling and opened up everything that is beautiful about our sport to new countries around the world.

“Cycling is a changed sport and it has a bright future. My mission now is ensure that we never turn back and that we preserve the culture of change within the peloton, that we revolutionize the way that we present our sport and that we continue to develop cycling worldwide in collaboration with all of our stakeholders.”

Brian Cookson, OBE, has been President of British Cycling since 1997.

“The UCI and cycling face some huge challenges as we look to the future but our great sport also has some incredible opportunities – if we can grasp them. I believe that I have a strong and proven track record in delivering positive change in cycling and in a way that is collegiate – not confrontational – as my time as President of British Cycling shows.

“I want to see the UCI defined by genuine collaboration, renewed trust and with a vision to fully tackle the issues we face. If we deliver then cycling can reach new heights in the years ahead.”

As per article 51 of the UCI Constitution candidates could be presented until 29th June 2013. The procedure is now closed.

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