Former UCI president Brian Cookson says that he has not ruled out returning to cycling in an organisational position
Former UCI and British Cycling president Brian Cookson has said that he has not ruled out returning to cycling in a governance position, despite saying that he is now a ‘nobody’.
Speaking to City A.M., the 66-year-old from Lancashire said “now, I am a nobody” when reflecting on the abrupt end to his tenure as UCI president when he was ousted in last year’s election in favour of Frenchman David Lappartient.
Cookson fell victim to political pressure within the UCI due to his links with British Cycling and Team Sky, both of which have come under scrutiny in the past year. British Cycling was at the centre of allegations of sexism and bullying, and Team Sky were embroiled in a furore over the contents of a jiffy bag delivered to the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Cookson was president of British Cycling for 17 years prior to being elected at UCI president in 2013. He was diplomatic when asked about three recent appointments at the top of organisation: chief executive Julie Harrington, chairman Frank Slevin and performance director Stephen Park.
Some concerns have been raised over their experience in cycling. Harrington came from the Football Association, Slevin from the House of Fraser and Park from the world of sailing.
Commenting on Slevin, Cookson said: “I think he has got what appears to be a good track