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By Julien Pretot BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) – France’s David Lappartient was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president on Thursday, 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”.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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