British Cycling chief Brian Cookson has revealed he will run for president of the sport's world governing body in September.

The 61-year-old will be up against Irishman Pat McQuaid who has led the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) since 2006.

Cookson is currently British Cycling president and was awarded an OBE for services to cycling in 2008.

Cookson told BBC: "We must restore cycling's credibility. For far too many people our sport is associated with doping, with decisions that are made behind closed doors and with ceaseless conflicts with important members of the cycling family and other key stakeholders."

Cookson's comments come following calls for McQuaid to resign after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after it was discovered that the Americam had used performance-enhancing drugs.

The 41-year-old was also given a lifetime ban from the sport by the United States Anti-doping Agency in August last year.

Cookson, became the president of British Cycling in 1996. Since the start of his leadership, Great Britain have become a world force in cycling.

The teams have won 19 Olympic gold medals including eight in London last year and 28 Paralympic gold medals.


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