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Must Reads: Cookson ‘subversive,’ McQuaid counters blocked

Cookson blocks McQuaid allies from counting votes — The Telegraph

Brian Cookson, the British Cycling president running for the presidency of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, has succeeded in blocking two close associates of incumbent Pat McQuaid from taking part in the administration of Friday’s election in Florence, Italy. According to The Telegraph, UCI lawyer Philippe Verbiest and manager of national federations Dominique Raymond will be barred from participating in the vote count at the elite road world championships.

Forty-two delegates from the UCI Congress will vote on a number of actions on Friday, including Constitutional amendments that would allow a candidate to stand for president with the support of any two national federations and allow an incumbent to run for reelection without nomination.

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Cookson accused of ‘subversive legal tactics and intimidation’ — insidethegames.biz

A federation president has accused Cookson of subversive maneuvering in a letter sent to the heads of each of the UCI’s 178 national federations informing them of an attempt to earn support for the British Cycling president via a promise to prioritize his nation. St. Lucia Cycling Association president Cyril Mangal made accusations in a six-page letter distributed this week ahead of Friday’s presidential vote.

“St. Lucia is very concerned that when we were contacted by someone supporting Cookson, the person indicated, ‘I would like you to be on the right side after the election, so you are on the priority list of the Federations which would be helped’,” Mangal wrote in the letter, according to insidethegames. “We sincerely hope that this would not be the way Mr. Cookson would operate should he win the Presidency of the UCI.”

According to insidethegames, Belgian Pascale Schyns, the official translator for the Tour de France, contacted Mangal to urge him to publicly support Cookson. Schyns resigned her post as UCI commissaire in 2011 to protest McQuaid’s presidency. According to insidethegames, Cookson denied that anyone from his team had contacted Mangal.

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