Bergen - Frenchman David Lappartient will succeed Briton Brian
Cookson as UCI president after winning a landslide election on Thursday in
Outgoing president Cookson garnered only eight of the 45
votes during the world cycling governing body's Congress, becoming the first
UCI president to fail to earn a second term.
It proved a remarkably one-sided vote in an election
campaign many had believed would be a tight-run affair.
But in earning 37 votes, Lappartient, the incumbent European
Cycling Federation president and until March the French federation president
too, took a clear victory.
He had vowed in his final speech to the congress to tackle
doping and technological fraud while Cookson had pledged increased investment
in the continental associations and to further develop women's cycling.
Lappartient, who said he was "deeply honoured" by
his election, becomes the 11th president of the UCI since its creation in 1900.
He was French federation president from 2009 until March and
has been European federation president since 2013, a position he will now leave
to take on his new role.
The 44-year-old is also mayor of a small town in Brittany.
Cookson, 66, had beaten Ireland's Pat McQuaid in a bitter
and farcical election four years ago.