Scharping gets competitor for German cycling president's elections

The new president for the BDR, the German cycling federation, will be voted on March 21 in Leipzig. Rudolf Sharping holds the position since 2005, but now an opposing candidate has emerged. Dieter Berkmann, a former track professional, has submitted his candidacy.

Berkmann doesn't believe he is an outsider. "I think our chances are not so bad," he said according to Berkmann's supporters include Dieter Kühnle, the former vice president of the federation. Kühnle felt that not enough investigative work against doping practices were done under Scharping, prompting Kühnle to step down.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).