The first online elections in the history of cycling have decreed Adam Hansen as president of the world association of cyclists Cyclistes Professionnels Associés.
The 41-year-old Australian received the baton from Gianni Bugno, who has led the union since 2010 for three terms, winning the support of the cyclists who attended today’s CPA general assembly held on the outskirts of Milan on the eve of Milan-Sanremo and Trofeo Binda. After founding and leading the Australian professional association Hansen takes another important step in the interest of the riders, becoming the first CPA president born outside Europe. In an increasingly globalised cycling, the entrepreneur with many passions is aiming to make the world association of riders even more important and closer to its members.
“I thank Gianni for the work he has done and promise to do my utmost to further elevate the figure of the professional racer, as I have done in my home country since 2019. Race safety along with the other issues that the riders have reported to me will be the first topics I want to work on with the board of directors» said Hansen, who rode in the top category from 2007 to 2020, and recorded a record 20 completed grand tours in a row. The new CPA president finally commented: «The riders had asked to be able to vote remotely and individually, I am happy they did so from all over the world. I ask them for more and more participation in the life of the association. It will be an honor for me to represent them, but the CPA is the riders’ association, so they must be the ones to dictate the line,” said Hansen.
“I am confident that Adam will do an excellent job. The new CPA statutes guarantee an even more effective association structure, in which the national associations continue to have an important weight and, at the same time, individual riders can participate individually in the life of the union. I, too, call on cyclists to be more and more involved in the life of the association, which has been a pleasure for me to lead for 14 years,” said Bugno.
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