Brian Cookson OBE was elected as President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) on 27 September 2013 after campaigning on a manifesto centred on restoring trust and credibility in the UCI and growing cycling worldwide.
Speaking after the announcement, which was made following the UCI’s Annual Congress meeting in Florence, Italy, Brian Cookson said:
“It is a huge honour to have been elected President of the UCI by my peers and I would like to thank them for the trust they have placed in me today.
“I have said throughout my campaign that we must embrace a new style of governance and a collegiate way of working so that a new era of growth and commercial success for the UCI and our sport can begin.
“My first priorities as President will be to make anti-doping procedures in cycling fully independent, sit together with key stakeholders in the sport and work with WADA to ensure a swift investigation into cycling’s doping culture.
“It is by doing these things that we will build a firm platform to restore the reputation of our International Federation with sponsors, broadcasters, funding partners, host cities and the International Olympic Committee. Ultimately this is how we grow our sport worldwide and get more riders and fans drawn into cycling.”
Brian announced his intention to run for Presidency in May and published his manifesto with key recommendations to tackle the challenges faced by the sport.