Cookson con­fi­dent of re-elec­tion to cy­cling body

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The head of cy­cling’s world body Brian Cookson said he is con­fi­dent he will be com­fort­ably re-elected next week.

Cookson faces a chal­lenge from French­man David Lap­par­tient, the head of Europe’s cy­cling body, at the vote of 45 del­e­gates of the UCI in the Nor­we­gian city of Ber­gen on Thurs­day.

“I’m very con­fi­dent that I will have a sub­stan­tial ma­jor­ity. I’ve been talk­ing to all the del­e­gates around the world, it’s hard to say, but I count on 30 votes or more,” Cookson said.

The 66-year-old Bri­ton was elected in 2013 to re­place Ire­land’s Pat McQuaid af­ter a bit­ter elec­tion cam­paign and is seek­ing a new fouryear term.

“We have sta­bi­lized the UCI, we’ve re­stored the in­tegrity, made re­ally good progress,” Cookson said, speak­ing at the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ses­sion in Lima.

“I be­lieve peo­ple see there’s a need for me to carry on. The UCI is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

The BBC re­ported Thurs­day that Cookson be­lieves McQuaid is try­ing to in­flu­ence the vote in fa­vor of Lap­par­tient.

A land­mark re­port pub­lished in 2015 into cy­cling’s dop­ing-tainted re­cent his­tory was heav­ily crit­i­cal of McQuaid.

Be­fore beat­ing him in the 2013 pres­i­den­tial race, Cookson lam­basted McQuaid’s man­age­ment of the Lance Arm­strong scan­dal.

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