RadioShack-Nissan Fires Johan Bruyneel Following USADA Investigation
Lance Armstrong's former manager Johan Bruyneel was forced to leave the RadioShack-Nissan team earlier today after being singled out as a central figure in the former Tour de France champion's doping program.
parent company Leopard SA, which is backed financially by Luxembourg entrepeneur Flavio Becca, thanked Bruyneel for "his dedication and devotion" to the team, but was quick to further distance itself from him.
"The USADA investigation does not concern the activities of Mr. Bruyneel while managing," the team, the statement said.
At this year's Tour de France, RadioShack-Nissan team leader Frank Schleck tested positive for a banned diuretic.
The Luxembourg rider was pulled from the Tour de France after the International Cycling Union (UCI) said he had tested positive for the banned diuretic Xipamide. Schleck has a disciplinary hearing scheduled with the Luxembourg cycling federation on Monday.
Tensions within the RadioShack-Nissan team were detailed in comments by star rider and former World Champion Fabian Cancellara reported earlier today by Belgian daily Het Laaste Nieuws.
"I've heard that in 200 pages, Bruyneel's name appears 129 times," the Swiss rider said. "I want to know what happened. I don't know if I can work with Johan."
Teammate Jens Voigt earlier today was quick to refuse being engaged in any doping-related activities. On Twitter Voigt wrote "You ask if i doped? Ok here is the answer. No i did not dope in the past, i don't do it now and not planning it in the future."