PARIS (AFP) –
Johan Bruyneel, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s former manager during his drug-tainted seven Tour de France wins, has left his current team RadioShack, the Luxembourg outfit announced on Friday.
“From this day on, Johan Bruyneel will no longer act in the position of general manager of cycling team RadioShack Nissan Trek,” a statement said on the team’s website.
The decision comes just two days after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) condemned Armstrong for being at the heart of the biggest doping conspiracy in sports history.
“The decision published by the USADA included a number of testimonies as a result of their investigation. In light of these testimonies, both parties feel it is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the team in an efficient and comfortable way.
“His departure is desirable to ensure the serenity and cohesiveness within the Team.
“RadioShack Nissan Trek wishes to thank Johan Bruyneel for his dedication and devotion since his arrival.
“The USADA investigation does not concern the activities of Mr. Bruyneel while managing the RadioShack Nissan Trek team. Johan Bruyneel contests the validity of the procedure as well as the charges against him.”
Earlier Friday, the four-times world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara said he may have to consider his position with the RadioShack team if 48-year-old Bruyneel remained in charge.