Brian Cookson Elected President of UCI

Britain's Brian Cookson was elected president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) after beating incumbent Pat McQuaid at the end of a protracted election process on Friday. Cookson, the president of British Cycling since 1996, took the presidency with 24 votes to McQuaid's 18 from the 42 voting delegates. It capped a long and frustrating day in Florence's Palazio Vecchio … [Read more...]

Bitter UCI Race For Cycling Hot Seat Approaching Finish

by Justin Davis FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 26, 2013 (AFP) - Months of shadowy politicking, allegations of corruption and the use of secret, damning dossiers will come to an end on Friday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) holds its presidential election. Barely a year after disgraced American Lance Armstrong was banned for life for doping, cycling is about to elect a leader it … [Read more...]

UCI Presidency Duel To Cast Shadow Over The Rainbow Jersey

by Justin Davis FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 23, 2013 (AFP) - The battle for cycling's prestigious rainbow jersey could be overshadowed at the world road championships this week by a duel between the men bidding to lead the sport into a new, doping-free era. A little over a year after the Lance Armstrong affair left cycling in tatters, incumbent International Cycling Union … [Read more...]

Pat McQuaid Confident Of Quick Win In Election

by Pirate Irwin BUENOS AIRES, Sept 10, 2013 (AFP) - Cycling chief Pat McQuaid told AFP he is confident that now he has been cleared to be a candidate he will be re-elected easily as President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) later this month. The 64-year-old Irishman - who has been president for eight years - has faced a vitriolic assault on him since the other … [Read more...]

UCI Chief Pat McQuaid Loses The Swiss Backing

LAUSANNE, Canton of Vaud, Aug 21, 2013 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid received a blow Wednesday to his bid to win a third term in the role as the Swiss Cycling Federation withdrew their backing for his candidacy. Irishman McQuaid had already seen his homeland remove their support for him but then thought he been granted a reprieve when the Swiss … [Read more...]

UCI President Pat McQuaid Blasts Press Over Doping Questions

LAUSANNE, July 08, 2013 - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid jumped to the defense of today's cyclists, blasting the press who are focused more on doping than racing at the Tour de France. Chris Froome and Sky's dominant performance on the first Pyrenean mountain stage on Saturday got tongues wagging in the press, with many drawing comparisons to performances … [Read more...]

Britain’s Brian Cookson To Challenge UCI’s Pat McQuaid

LONDON, June 04, 2013 (AFP) - British Cycling chief Brian Cookson said on Tuesday that he would challenge controversial incumbent Pat McQuaid for the presidency of the International Cycling Union (UCI). Irishman McQuaid has been in charge of the sport's global governing body since 2006 but has come under pressure for the way in which the UCI reacted to the fall-out from the Lance … [Read more...]

Pat McQuaid Slams Ruling In Operation Puerto Doping Case

Pat McQuaid

MADRID, May 31, 2013 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid has sharply criticised a Spanish court's decision to destroy bags of blood seized in a major doping case. In an interview with sports daily Marca published Friday, the cycling chief said he disagreed with Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria's ruling in one of the sporting world's biggest doping scandals. … [Read more...]

‘Nothing To Hide’ Over Lance Armstrong Says Pat McQuaid

GENEVA, May 23, 2013 (AFP) - Cycling's governing body has "nothing to hide" in relation to the Lance Armstrong doping affair, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid told AFP on Thursday. McQuaid also announced that the UCI planned to allow an external inquiry into the role played by those in charge during the Armstrong years. The Irishman, who is set to stand for a … [Read more...]

Swiss Federation To Support McQuaid Re-election

LAUSANNE, May 16, 2013 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid can count on the support of the Swiss federation in his bid for re-election, the sport's global governing body said Thursday. Controversial figure McQuaid is aiming for a third term in office when elections take place in September. The Swiss federation's endorsement has rescued McQuaid from a … [Read more...]