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CYCLING: Battle for International Cycling Union presidency on

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2013 | 8:35 AM

The fight for the presidency of world cycling's governing body will be a two-horse race between Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson.

The International Cycling Union has confirmed British Cycling's Cookson as the only person standing against McQuaid in a September election.

Irishman McQuaid has held the position since 2005.

However, he has been heavily criticised by Cookson for his handling of the Lance Armstrong doping affair.

Cookson, who has been president of British Cycling since 1997 and widely credited with the turn-around of the sport in Britain, believes cycling needs a change of direction at the top.

McQuaid has been forced to seek a nomination from Switzerland, where he is based, after grassroots clubs in Ireland voted against a nomination from Cycling Ireland at an Emergency General Meeting.

However, McQuaid insists that under him the International Cycling Union is winning the fight against doping.


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