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15 Jan 2018 17:04

He had a golden opportunity on election, and if ever there was a mandate for change it was the Armstrong ban and confession. What a wet fart he has been.

Cookson didn't get the £77,000 of UKsport money towards his campaign this time, and he also had people wanting to see the back of Gibbs, who had rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way. But a big part of it may have been to do with the dubious success of Team Sky.
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16 Jan 2018 18:15

macbindle wrote:He had a golden opportunity on election, and if ever there was a mandate for change it was the Armstrong ban and confession. What a wet fart he has been.

Cookson didn't get the £77,000 of UKsport money towards his campaign this time, and he also had people wanting to see the back of Gibbs, who had rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way. But a big part of it may have been to do with the dubious success of Team Sky.


That he did. But he was so fixated on previous corruption to not notice how new corruption was operating. Additionally his management by press releases was appalling.
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16 Jan 2018 19:07

thehog wrote:
macbindle wrote:He had a golden opportunity on election, and if ever there was a mandate for change it was the Armstrong ban and confession. What a wet fart he has been.

Cookson didn't get the £77,000 of UKsport money towards his campaign this time, and he also had people wanting to see the back of Gibbs, who had rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way. But a big part of it may have been to do with the dubious success of Team Sky.


That he did. But he was so fixated on previous corruption to not notice how new corruption was operating. Additionally his management by press releases was appalling.


Prior to not noticing things at the UCI our friend Brian was honing his not noticing skills at BC...

...like that time Uncle Brian failed to notice Peter King's 2012 culture of fear report
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16 Jan 2018 19:10

I mean, actually, really, Cookson's legacy?

It's Froome's positive and likely ban.
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16 Jan 2018 19:56

macbindle wrote:I mean, actually, really, Cookson's legacy?

It's Froome's positive and likely ban.


McQuaid’s problem is he personally got involved in each doping case and publicly commented. Cookson pretended doping didn’t exist and buried most in the back pages of a PDF file. He avoided at all costs a high profile cyclists being suspended in favour for 37 year old Iranian cyclists.
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12 Nov 2018 12:14

As in office, so too in retirement: over-promising, under-delivering:
Brian Cookson has been forced to put a hold on his plans to launch a UCI women's team in 2019 due to a lack of financial resources. The former UCI President told Cyclingnews on Friday that the hunt for a main financial backer has proven to be the biggest obstacle, and that the earliest likely date to launch a team would be in 2020.
And this fascinating comment from Cookson: surely a former UCI president and former boss of British Cycling where women contributed so much to the medal haul should be able to show the financial value of the sport:
"The difficulties and uncertainties of the global economy and, here in the UK, Brexit, are compounded by the difficulty in justifying the return on such an investment by demonstrating historical evidence of that return in terms of media coverage, impact, and so on."
While Cookson seeks to blame the global economy and Brexit, I do wonder how much of an impact the recent spate of investigations and inquiries has had on the UK sponsorship market. Here I would look more to JTL-Condor's problems than OnePro and Trek-Drops, those two having issues of their own (bad management and bad luck). Although personally I suspect that Cookson's failure here is that there is now a glut of women's teams and the star riders sponsors will want in order to guarantee a return on their investement aren't there. But this I would have expected Cookson to have foreseen and already have key riders committed to the team.
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