Pat McQuaid to run for UCI president again

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP)

Pat McQuaid will stand for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union after being endorsed by the Swiss federation.

The Irishman, who is a Swiss resident, gained the nomination after Cycling Ireland withdrew its backing for his presidential bid last month.

McQuaid says ''it has become clear that my nomination in Ireland has been politicized by a small group of people.''

McQuaid's future has been clouded since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report last year which led to Lance Armstrong being banned for life from cycling and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. USADA said the UCI helped cover up some suspicious samples from the American.

McQuaid says he is committed to ''combating the scourge of doping in cycling.''

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