28 Sep 2013

Briton Cookson wins UCI presidential election

5:59 am on 28 September 2013

Britain's Brian Cookson will become the next president of the International Cycling Union after defeating incumbent Pat McQuaid in a vote on Friday.

Cookson, president of British Cycling, won by 24 votes to 18 following a controversial election during which McQuaid's eligibility to stand was queried by some.

McQuaid, seeking a third term, had been criticised for his handling of the Lance Armstrong doping affair.

Cookson says it'll be "a bad day for cycling" if he fails to win the election.