Bruyneel ordered to pay US government $1.2m in Lance Armstrong case

Johan Bruyneel with Lance Armstrong on the Champs Elysees in 2002

Johan Bruyneel has been ordered to pay $1.2 million to the US government for his part in the doping programme that saw Lance Armstrong win six Tour de France titles while riding for the state-sponsored US Postal Team. The Belgian team manager, who is currently serving a 10-year ban from the sport , appears unlikely to pay the sum, given he resides outside the US. The ruling brings an end to the long-running federal case , brought by the US government with Floyd Landis as whistleblower, after Armstrong settled for $5m earlier this year . Under the False Claims Act, the US government sought to recover the $32m it paid in sponsorship to the team, run under the company Tailwind Sports, between 1999 and 2004, after Armstrong confessed in 2013 to doping during each of his Tour de France victories. Bruyneel, the government claimed, had directly received $1,228,700 in salary ...

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