Brian Cookson Gets Further Support for UCI Presidency Campaign
September 2, 2013
Brian Cookson has revealed his bid to become International Cycling Union (UCI) President has been further boosted following endorsements by Greg Lemond and French Cycling Federation (FFC) Honorary President, health Jean Pitallier.
Speaking at the Eurobike roadshow in Germany, pills Greg Lemond, a three-time winner of the Tour de France and two-time World Road Race champion, said: “I have met and spent some time discussing with Brian about where cycling lost its way, how it lost its way, and what to do to bring the sport back to where it is not only a sport that leads by example, but a sport that inspires people once again.
“I feel confident after meeting Brian that his interest is to bring honest and transparent leadership to a sport that so desperately needs it. My hope is Brian will be the one to bring all interested parties together to once and for all do what needed to be done years before, find solutions, both short term and long term, and to make it a priority that cycling comes first.
“The choice between Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson is, I believe a clear one: only Brian can deliver the change cycling needs.”
Jean Pitallier, who was also FFC President from 2001-2008 and Secretary General of the organisation between 1981-2001, added: “For the dignity of the sport of cycling, it is time to turn the page and bring about a healthy change for international cycling.
“Brian Cookson has presided over great things at British Cycling and has my full and total support to become the next President of the UCI.”
The support from Lemond and Pitallier concludes a successful week for Brian Cookson’s campaign as he builds further momentum in the lead up to the vote, which takes place at the UCI Congress in Florence on 27th September.
Speaking from the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Brian Cookson said: “I am proud to have the backing of respected figures like Greg and Jean and I would like to thank them both for supporting my campaign to become UCI President.
“Greg is a true legend and role model in our sport and has inspired so many people around the world to take up cycling. He understands our sport so well.
“Jean has provided important leadership to French cycling for many years and I have always respected his insights and views on cycling.
“We are entering a crucial phase of the campaign and I feel very positive about the support and feedback I am receiving.”