Brian Cookson loses to David Lappartient in UCI president election

Brian Cookson and David Lappartient

Cookson, who wanted another four-year spell in charge, was comfortably beaten by Lappartient

Briton Brian Cookson has lost the election for the UCI presidency to Frenchman David Lappartient.

Cookson, who had been in charge since 2013, was beaten by 37 votes to eight in the contest to lead world cycling’s governing body.

The 66-year-old said the UCI was “unrecognisable” from when he took over and departs with “his head held high”.

But Lappartient, 44, vowed to get rid of the “corruption” that has left the 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.

He is thought to have been damaged by the negative headlines around bullying and discrimination that have dogged British Cycling, the organisation he ran from 1997 to 2013.

British Cycling and its professional off-shoot Team Sky have also been under a UK Anti-Doping investigation for alleged wrongdoing.

Crackdown on ‘mechanical doping’

Lappartient promised new measures to tackle so-called “mechanical doping”.

Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche was banned for six years after being caught with a hidden motor in 2016.

“I will be focused on guaranteeing the credibility of the results, especially on technological fraud,” said Lappartient.

During a bitter campaign, Cookson accused his predecessor Pat McQuaid of lobbying against him.

After losing the election, Cookson said: “Someone needed to stand up and take on the previous regime, who had dragged cycling into the gutter and I leave the UCI knowing that I have delivered all the promises I made four years ago.”

McQuaid had called Cookson “a fraud” and publicly backed Lappartient.

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

The election was carried out at the UCI congress in Bergen, Norway, which is hosting the Road World Championships.

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Chris Froome adds world time trial bronze to Tour de France-Vuelta double

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Froome misses out on world title to Dumoulin

Britain’s Chris Froome added a World Championship bronze medal in the time trial to this year’s historic Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana double.

Froome, 32, finished in third, one minute 21 seconds behind the winner – Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands.

Dumoulin crossed the line in 44mins 41secs, with Primoz Roglic taking silver over the 31km course.

Earlier this month, Froome became the third man to complete the Tour de France-Vuelta double in the same year.

He ends the World Championships with two bronze medals, having finished third in Sunday’s team time trial with Team Sky.

“It would have been nice to be competing for the gold medal here but I have no regrets,” he said. “It is an amazing way to end the season, with two bronze medals.

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Froome has ‘no regrets’ after time trial bronze

“It has been a long season and an amazing season that I will forever be grateful for. I am glad to be at the end of it now.”

He came into Wednesday’s race as one of the favourites but with limited expectations, admitting that “anything would be a bonus” after being unable to train properly for the event.

Froome’s start – going out third from last – coincided with a heavy downpour of rain in Bergen, but despite the tougher conditions, he remained in contention for the podium.

His chances of gold faded quickly as Dumoulin attacked the course with a powerful ride that at one stage took him close to overtaking the Tour de France winner, despite starting 90 seconds behind him.

However, the Brit persevered on the gruelling climb up the 9% gradient of Mount Floyen to take third.

Only two British riders have won time trial gold, Chris Boardman taking the inaugural title in 1994, with Sir Bradley Wiggins winning in 2014.

Dominant Dumoulin completes Dutch double


Netherlands’ Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s race on Tuesday and her compatriot Dumoulin produced a fine performance as his time was almost a minute faster than Roglic’s.

Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner, was third fastest at the first checkpoint, before taking control despite being one of the riders who made their run as the rain began to fall in Norway.

He said: “I can’t believe it. It is amazing. I had such a good day. I felt really good.

“It started raining and I had to take the corners really slow. Every corner the back wheel was slipping.”

Roglic, 27, has only been a professional cyclist for five years and had competed in ski-jumping events as a teenager, winning the world junior title in 2007.

The race also featured another two-sport competitor as New Zealand’s Hamish Bond, who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the coxless pairs rowing events, finished 39th.

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche came 12th while Great Britain’s Tao Geoghegan-Hart ended in 43rd after falling during the race.

“You would have to use a beep noise to describe that ride,” Geoghegan Hart told BBC Sport. “I couldn’t get on top of it, I couldn’t get my breathing right, it was not a great ride.

“I came off on one of the corners. I overcooked it a little bit – I was too ambitious and trying to go too fast.”


Froome is the third man to complete the Tour de France-Vuelta double in the same year – and the only man to do it when the Vuelta was held just a month after the Tour

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Road World Championships: Team Sky third in team time trial

Team Sunweb celebrate victory in the team time trial

Michael Matthews, Soren Kragh Andersen, Tom Dumoulin, Sam Oomen, Lennard Kamna and Wilco Kelderman won gold for Sunweb

Chris Froome’s Team Sky won a bronze medal in the team time trial at the Road World Championships in Norway.

Team Sunweb took gold in the men’s and women’s races on day one in Bergen.

Featuring Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin, the German outfit clocked 47 minutes 50.42 seconds on the 42.5km course from Ravnanger to beat 2014 and 2015 champions BMC by 8.29 seconds.

Tour de France and Vuelta winner Froome races for Great Britain in Wednesday’s men’s individual time trial.

The race will be shown across the BBC on TV, online and Red Button.

Team Sky, who raced the final 11km with only four riders – Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Vasil Kiriyenka and Gianni Moscon – after Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull dropped off the pace, finished 22.35 seconds behind Sunweb.

Sunweb’s women’s team won in 55:41.63, 12.43 seconds clear of Boels Doelmans and 28.03 ahead of Cervelo Bigla.

Men’s team time trial results:

1. Team Sunweb (Ger) 47mins 50.42secs

2. BMC Racing Team (USA) +8.29secs

3. Team Sky (GB) +22.35secs

4. Quick-Step Floors (Bel) +35.20secs

5. Orica-Scott (Aus) +1min 03.21secs

Women’s team time trial results:

1. Team Sunweb (Ned) 55mins 41.63secs

2. Boels Dolams (Ned) +12.43secs

3. Cervelo-Bigla (Ger) +28.03secs

4. Canyon SRAM (Ger) +1:04.79

5. Team Virtu (Den) +2:51.52


Victory for Sunweb gave the Netherlands’ Ellen van Dijk (third from left) her fourth team time trial world title

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Road World Championships: BBC coverage and event schedule

Lizzie Deignan and Chris Froome

Follow the Road World Championships across BBC TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app

The World Road Championships take place from 17-24 September in Bergen, Norway, with live coverage across BBC TV, online and the BBC Sport app.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome – who recently became the first British winner of the Vuelta a Espana – has confirmed he will compete in the men’s individual time trial.

Britain’s 2015 world champion Lizzie Deignan goes in the women’s road race after recovering from having her appendix removed in August.

As well as watching the action, you can read expert analysis on the BBC Sport website and mobile app, plus interact and share your views on the action via BBC Sport’s dedicated social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Great Britain squad

Schedule (all times BST)

Sunday, 17 September

Women’s team time trial

Men’s team time trial

Monday, 18 September

Men’s under-23 individual time trial

Tuesday, 19 September

Women’s elite individual time trial

BBC coverage

14:30-16:35 – BBC Red Button and online

Hannah Barnes and Elinor Barker, who won gold and two silvers at the World Track Championships in April, will compete for Britain.

Wednesday, 20 September

Men’s elite individual time trial

BBC coverage

12:00-17:05 – BBC Red Button and online

14:30-16:45 – BBC Two

Fresh from his Tour de France-Vuelta double, Chris Froome will be among the favourites in this event, with competition coming from 2017 Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin and reigning time trial champion, Germany’s Tony Martin. Tao Geoghegan Hart has stepped in to replace Steve Cummings, who withdrew from this event.

Thursday, 21 September

Rest day

Friday, 22 September

Men’s under-23 road race

Saturday, 23 September

Women’s elite road race

BBC coverage

12:35-17:30 – Connected TV and online (uninterrupted coverage)

12:35-14:30 – BBC Red Button and online

14:00-16:00 – BBC One

16:00-17:30 – BBC Two

The women’s elite road race sees in-form Dutch pair Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen start as favourites, while British hopeful Lizzie Deignan is fit to compete after recovering from having her appendix removed.

Sunday, 24 September

Men’s elite road race

BBC coverage

09:05-16:30 – Connected TV and online (uninterrupted coverage)

09:05-14:00 – BBC Red Button and online

13:00-16:30 – BBC Two

In the men’s elite road race Peter Sagan will again be the man to beat as he seeks his third consecutive world title. The imperious Slovak held off second-placed Mark Cavendish in Doha last year and will be looking for a repeat performance on the scenic roads of Bergen.

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