Brian Cookson is seeking re-election as president of cycling’s world governing body

Brian Cookson says he could not ask for “better endorsements” of his bid to remain as president of cycling’s world governing body than men he claims took the sport to “the brink of disaster”.

UCI chief Cookson will take on vice-president David Lappartient in September’s election.

Cookson has been called a “fraud” by predecessor Pat McQuaid,