McQuaid Denies Telling Team Member Not To Cooperate

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Reuters
International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid denied on Thursday an allegation that he told an employee of a professional team to "keep his mouth shut" if asked to cooperate with an investigation into disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid denied on Thursday an allegation that he told an employee of a professional team to "keep his mouth shut" if asked to cooperate with an investigation into disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

"Never did anything like that," McQuaid told Reuters in a text message.

Garmin Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters told Reuters that McQuaid, who stands for re-election on Friday in Florence, asked an unidentified employee to ignore the team's instructions to cooperate with a U.S. federal investigation in May 2010.

McQuaid, who has had to deal with the fall-out from the Armstrong doping scandal, is bidding to secure a third term as president under challenge from British Cycling president Brian Cookson.