Cookson is the newly elected President of the UCI, having taken over from his embattled predecessor, Pat McQuaid, in September 2013. As a cyclist Cookson’s career peaked in 1971 when he won the Lakeland Division Road Race Championship, but since then he has built as a career as respected cycling administrator for over three decades.
Prior to his election, Brian Cookson was the head of British Cycling for 16 years. During this time he has helped turn Britain into a dominant cycling nation, winning 19 Olympic Gold medals, 28 Paralympic Gold medals, the Tour de France twice, and multiple World Championship titles. He has consistently spoken out against doping and hopes to tackle the issue in his new position.