Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Brian Cookson emphatically unseated as UCI president by David Lappartient

Brian Cookson emphatically unseated as UCI president by David Lappartient

Briton Brian Cookson has lost the election for the UCI presidency to Frenchman David Lappartient.

Cookson (66), former president of the federation of the british, had succeeded four years ago to the Irishman Pat McQuaid, weakened by the turbulence of the Armstrong case.

The 44-year-old is known as a shrewd operator both in cycling and away from the sport having proved popular in French politics.

But in earning 37 votes, Lappartient, the incumbent European Cycling Federation president and until March the French federation president too, took a clear victory.

He vowed to ensure independence and transparency in drug testing and "continue the fight against technological fraud", although he said the UCI would "need to implement new systems". He also said that he would work to advance women's cycling.

As if the fallout from the Shane Sutton affair was not damaging enough, British Cycling and its professional off-shoot Team Sky have also been under a UK Anti-Doping investigation for alleged wrongdoing for a year.

This all played very badly for him, particularly as some within the sport already bristled at what they considered an Anglophone takeover at the UCI's Aigle headquarters.

Cookson tried to emphasise his integrity and honesty and said he wanted to grow the sport globally, investing more in continental federations.

David Lappartient, the new president of the UCI, here during an interview in London, on 17 July 2017.

Cookson, who had been in charge since 2013, was beaten by 37 votes to eight in the contest to lead world cycling's governing body.

Scandals and squabbles at home have now conspired to scupper Cookson and Lappartient is the sport's future.

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