David Lappartient is elected the new president of the International Cycling Union and vows to make the UCI a more professional organisation.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES TO SEPARATE SOUNDBITES SHOWS: BERGEN, NORWAY (SEPTEMBER 21, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UCI PRESIDENT, DAVID LAPPARTIENT SAYING: "I'm very happy with the result of the of the election; 37 to eight - that's a very big gap and I think it's because the national federations they really understood that it was important to have a strong leadership in UCI because the programme that I share with them was very strong programme. This programme has the idea to promote the support of the national federations; that's something that they were really waiting for and for the conformity of the confederation." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UCI PRESIDENT, DAVID LAPPARTIENT SAYING: "I also think that we need a strong leadership in the UCI with a president that must have a clear vision about the future. Of course one of the main topics will be the professional cycling and the reform of the professional cycling. I think we have been able to have a small compromise but we need to have a strong vision for the future with the stakeholders of professional cycling. This is what I will do. And of course I will be focused and so on to guarantee that the credibility of the results and specifically about the technological fraud. I think we are not professional enough on this subject." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UCI PRESIDENT, DAVID LAPPARTIENT SAYING: "I think new opportunities to check the bikes and just to be more strong on this subject because I don't want to that UCI can be seen as not strong enough in fighting against technological fraud." FLORENCE, ITALY (FILE - SEPTEMBER 25, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) STORY: France's David Lappartient was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president on Thursday (September 21), beating incumbent Brian Cookson of Britain. Lappartient, the European Cycling Union (UEC) president, became the first Frenchman to take charge of the global body since Achille Joinard (1947-57). Lappartient, the French federation president from 2009-2017, won 37 of the 45 votes by the UCI delegates at the governing body's congress during the road cycling world championships in Bergen, Norway. In his pre-vote speech, Cookson promised to double UCI's investment in women's cycling, while the 44-year-old Lappartient vowed to get rid of the "corruption" that has left UCI with a "disastrous reputation".