The International Cycling Union (UCI) has published the list of candidates for election to its ruling Management Committee.
The UCI Management Committee is the executive body that manages the Federation, acting under the authority of Congress.
Headed by the UCI President, it meets twice a year and carries out tasks such as executing the decisions of Congress, establishing regulations, awarding the organisation of World Championships and setting up commissions.
The election of the new Management Committee is due to happen during the UCI Congress in Bergen in Norway, scheduled to take take place on September 21.
It will be composed of the UCI President, a position for which incumbent Brian Cookson and France’s David Lappartient are competing, as well as 11 members elected by the Congress and the Presidents of the five continental confederations.
Among the current continental heads are the African Cycling Confederation’s (CAC) Mohamed Wagih Azzam of Egypt, the Pan-American Cycling Confederation’s (COPACI) José Manuel Pelaez of Cuba, and the Asian Cycling Confederation’s (ACC) Osama Ahmed Abdullah Al Shafar of the United Arab Emirates.
Completing the list are the European Cycling Union’s (UEC) Lappartient and the Oceania Cycling Confederation’s (OCC) Tracey Gaudry of Australia.
The 11 other members shall be elected by the Congress with seven members coming from UEC National Federations and one each from CAC, ACC, COPACI and OCC.
Contenders for the UEC spots are Belgium’s Tom Van Damme, Czech Republic’s Marian Stetina, Estonia’s Madis Lepajoe, Germany’s Toni Kirsch, Italy’s Renato Di Rocco, Norway’s Harald Tiedemann Hansen, Portugal’s Artur Manuel Moreira Lopes, Russia’s Igor Makarov, Spain’s José Luis Lopez Cerron and Turkey’s Erol Kucukbakirci.
St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Trevor Bailey, Venezuela’s Artemio Leonett, Colombia’s Jorge Ovidio Gonzalez, and the United States' Bob Stapleton are all in the running for the one COPACI spot.
The trio vying for the sole ACC place are Baharain’s Sh. Khaled Hamad Al Khalifa, Malaysia’s Amarjit Singh Gill Darshan Singh and Indonesia’s Raja Sapta Oktohari.
There are two candidates for both the CAC and OCC spots with Morocco’s Mohammed Belmahi and Seychelles’ Lucas Georges going head-to-head in the former and Australia’s Leeanne Grantham and New Zealand’s Tony Mitchell battling it out in the latter.
A maximum of two co-opted members can also feature on the UCI Management Committee.
Cookson is seeking a second term as the UCI President, with the organisation’s vice-president Lappartient the only confirmed rival after the nomination deadline passed on June 22.
The Briton, who turned 66 on the same day of the nomination deadline, released a statement questioning the detail in Lappartient’s plan for the future of cycling following confirmation of his candidacy.
He claimed he does not understand his rival’s assertion that recent reforms to men’s professional cycling had failed to meet challenges faced in the discipline.
Under the initial reforms, outlined in September 2015, 18 men’s professional teams would have been awarded three-year WorldTour licences teams, rather than awarding them annually.
WorldTour races would have also received licences for the same period of time, while a limited number were due to be added to the existing calendar.
Following a threat by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) to remove their races from the WorldTour, including the Tour de France, an agreement was reached between the organiser and the UCI last June.
The agreement, backed by Lappartient, saw ASO races remain on the WorldTour, while teams were awarded licences for two years, rather than three, with the number competing in the 2017 season set at 17.
The UCI added 10 events to the WorldTour calendar last August as part of the expanded series, although the Tour of Qatar was eventually cancelled due to a supposed lack of financial backing.