Cycling: Boost for Cookson as European body pledges support in UCI election
ZURICH (AP) - British challenger Brian Cookson won official backing on Sunday from European cycling leaders in his election campaign to unseat International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid.
The European Cycling Union (UEC) said its members voted 27-10 to instruct their delegates to support Cookson in the Sept 27 poll in Florence, Italy.
Cookson and McQuaid made speeches to a UEC special meeting before the mandate vote.
"There was a real appetite for change to help restore the credibility of the UCI and I am confident of building on the support of the UEC and federations from around the world," Cookson said in a statement.