Report: British Cycling boss to challenge McQuaid for UCI president

Brian Cookson will reportedly run for president of the UCI ahead of September's election

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British Cycling president Brian Cookson is set to announce his candidacy for the president of the UCI on Tuesday, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Cookson will challenge incumbent Pat McQuaid, who has held the position since 2006.

Ireland’s McQuaid had to turn to the Swiss Cycling Federation to support his nomination for re-election after his home country was unsure of whether or not it wanted to back his bid for a third term. McQuaid was allowed to seek Switzerland’s backing because he lives there.

Cycling Ireland cited the criticism of McQuaid’s handling of the Lance Armstrong doping case as a concern for his nomination when it rescinded its support last month. McQuaid has fallen under fire over the UCI’s oversight of doping under former president Hein Verbruggen. McQuaid served as road commission chairman during that period, before his election to the presidency in 2006, and Verbruggen remains honorary president at the UCI.

The 61-year-old Cookson has served as the president of British Cycling since 1997 and has watched the nation’s cycling program blossom, thanks to its scientific approach to training and equipment, and riders like Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. British cyclists have won 19 Olympic gold medals during his tenure.