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Pat McQuaid defends candidacy

Updated: August 20, 2013, 1:19 PM ET
Associated Press

AIGLE, Switzerland -- Under pressure to validate his re-election bid, International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid cited independent legal advice Tuesday to support his nominations from Thailand and Morocco.

McQuaid said international legal firm Baker & McKenzie confirmed to the governing body that he is entitled to compete against British rival Brian Cookson.

"The nominations are valid. They came in before the closing date (of June 29)," McQuaid said at UCI headquarters.

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