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Cycling's New Leader Promises New Era; Will Seek Armstrong's Input

Sep 28, 2013
Originally published on September 28, 2013 11:26 am

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has chosen a new leader. Britain's Brian Cookson beat incumbent Pat McQuaid in a contentious vote held in Italy Friday. Cookson, who led British Cycling to new heights, says he will focus on improving cycling's reputation, tarnished by years of doping scandals.

"I wasn't confident at all [of winning], but I felt I owed it to the cycling world to put an end to the misery that we were all going through," Cookson tells VeloNews. "I think people respected that."

NPR's Tom Goldman filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Two tweets capture the breadth of optimism following Brian Cookson's win over Pat McQuaid. Lance Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of doping, tweeted, 'Hallelujah.' David Walsh, the journalist who pursued Armstrong more doggedly than anyone, tweeted, 'Planet cycling is now a better place.'

"McQuaid became UCI president in 2005 and was credited with improving anti-doping efforts in the sport. But critics claimed McQuaid and his predecessor, Hein Verbruggen, covered up doping, particularly with their cash cow, Armstrong. McQuaid and Verbruggen always denied the allegations.

"Cookson won Friday's vote 24-18. His priorities include making anti-doping procedures in cycling fully independent."

And Cookson says he wants Armstrong to be part of the process of bringing a new era to cycling, in part by taking a complete and honest look at a culture of doping, something critics say the UCI has never done.

"We need to have a structure in place as quickly as possible," Cookson tells The Associated Press. "Lance Armstrong is obviously one of those people who will be invited to contribute to the process once we've established that, and I'll certainly be seeking to do that as quickly as possible."

As for Armstrong's tweet, Cookson said, "Well I'm always pleased to hear that anyone is happy about my being elected, whoever it may be, Lance Armstrong or any other cycling fan around the world."

Friday's vote came after support for McQuaid deteriorated and calls for a new era in cycling grew more fervent.

In the early phases of the election process, McQuaid's candidacy was put forth by two national cycling entities — Ireland and Switzerland — that went on to withdraw their support. That was one factor that led to confusion over whether McQuaid had a legitimate standing to run for a new term.

Eventually, Cookson insisted that all sides stop bickering over the issue and simply hold a vote.

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