September 21, 2017 / 10:39 AM / 3 months ago

Cycling: Lappartient boots Cookson out of UCI presidency

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France’s David Lappartient was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president on Thursday, beating incumbent Brian Cookson of Britain.

David Lappartient, newly elected President of the UCI, attends a news conference in Bergen, Norway, September 21, 2017. NTB scanpix/Cornelius Poppe/via REUTERS

Lappartient, the European Cycling Union (UEC) president, became the first Frenchman to take charge of the global body since Achille Joinard (1947-57).

Lappartient, the French federation president from 2009-2017, won 37 of the 45 votes by the UCI delegates at the governing body’s congress during the road cycling world championships in Bergen, Norway.

In his pre-vote speech, Cookson promised to double UCI’s investment in women’s cycling, while the 44-year-old Lappartient vowed to get rid of the “corruption” that has left UCI with a “disastrous reputation”.

“It is a great responsibility and I will endeavour in the next four years to be worthy of such trust,” said Lappartient.

Cookson, a former British Cycling president, is the first UCI chief to serve only one term.

Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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