LONDON (AP) — British Cycling says its president, Brian Cookson, will challenge Pat McQuaid for the presidency of the International Cycling Union in a bid to restore the sport's reputation.

McQuaid, who has led the UCI for eight years, is seeking a third four-year term in September despite criticism of his leadership in the Lance Armstrong doping case.

Cookson has been a member of the UCI management committee since 2009. He said the "first priority for the new UCI president must be to change the way that anti-doping is managed so that people can have confidence in the sport."

He has led the British federation for 17 years and been promoted by British media as a suitable candidate to restore cycling's battered image.

Cookson had previously backed McQuaid's re-election bid.