Bruyneel On Doping: It Didn't Start With Us And It Didn't End With Us

Johan Bruyneel with Lance Armstrong on the Champs Elysees in 2002

Johan Bruyneel has admitted that he and Lance Armstrong were perhaps "far too arrogant" before being caught and banned for doping, yet the Belgian team manager remains proudly defiant, insisting that "our team did not invent the system, it didn't start with us and it didn't end with us." Bruyneel retired as a rider in 1998 and immediately teamed up with Armstrong when the Texan made his recovery from cancer. He managed Armstrong's teams for a decade and then also worked with Alberto Contador until doping allegations emerged in 2012. The Unites States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) banned Bruyneel from the sport for ten years in 2014. USADA said "Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders." Bruyneel has kept a low profile since then but he was in Belgium for the Tour of ...

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