Bruyneel leaves job at Radioshack

Lance Armstrong’s former team manager, Johan Bruyneel, has left his position as general manager with Radioshack by mutual consent.

The announcement

follows the report from the US Anti-Doping Agency

that alleged the Belgian knew Armstrong used drugs during his Tour de France wins.

Armstrong report key claims:

Lance Armstrong

  • Achievements of USPS/Discovery Channel pro cycling team accomplished through the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen
  • Armstrong’s career at the team was fuelled from start to finish by doping
  • More than a dozen former team-mates, friends and former team employees confirm a fraudulent course of conduct
  • Armstrong acted with the help of a small army of enablers, including doping doctors, drug smugglers and others within and outside the sport and his team
  • He had ultimate control over not only his own personal drug use but over the doping culture of the team
  • Team staff were good at predicting when testers would turn up and seemed to have inside information
  • Evidence is beyond strong and as strong as any case brought by Usada in its existence

A statement read: “In light of these testimonies, both parties feel it is necessary to make this decision.”

However the 48-year-old is fighting the Usada charges.

The statement adds: “Johan Bruyneel contests the validity of the procedure as well as the charges against him.”

Bruyneel was Armstrong’s team manager when the Texan won his seven Tour victories from 1999-2005 with US Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.

He was also part of the Armstrong set-up at the 2009 and 2010 Tours, when Armstrong came back from retirement following a three-and-a-half-year absence.

Bruyneel had been with Radioshack since they were formed by Armstrong two years ago. He also owns large parts of the team’s infrastructure through his management company.

The Usada investigation does not relate to Bruyneel’s time with Radioshack, the team said.

The statement continued: “The reasoned decision published by the Usada included a number of testimonies as a result of their investigation.

“Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the team in an efficient and comfortable way.”

The Usada report, released on Wednesday, accused Armstrong of running “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”, with Bruyneel described as a key player in the scheme.

In the document, he was accused of alerting his team’s riders to upcoming doping tests and communicating extensively with sports doctor Michele Ferrari, who is believed by Usada to have planned the rider’s drug use.

The

Belgian Cycling Federation has said it is investigating Usada’s claims. 

BBC Radio 5 live Sport will look at the Lance Armstrong saga in a special programme on Monday at 19:00 BST. “Peddlers: Cycling’s Dirty Truth” includes interviews with Armstrong’s former team-mate Tyler Hamilton, former Wada head Dick Pound, and British cyclist David Millar, who was banned for two years after admitting taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/19931302

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