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Report: Date set for Bruyneel USADA hearing

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
October 24, 2013, 15:06,
Updated:
October 24, 2013, 16:07
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, October 25, 2013
Johan Bruyneel ties up a few loose ends before the start of stage one.

Johan Bruyneel ties up a few loose ends before the start of stage one.

  • Johan Bruyneel ties up a few loose ends before the start of stage one.
  • Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong in the good old days
  • Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel face the press

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Former team manager and team doctors face USADA arbitration

More than a year after Lance Armstrong was banned for life for doping following the USADA investigation, Johan Bruyneel is set to move closer to knowing his own fate with an arbitration hearing scheduled in London in late December.

According to a report on the roadcycling.com website, Bruyneel plus former team doctors Pedro Celaya, and Jose "Pepe" Marti will face arbitration with USADA in London between December 16-20.

Armstrong and Dr. Michele Ferrari opted not to face arbitration and were banned for life last October. The Texan later confessed to doping throughout his career, while the Italian doctor has always denied any wrong doing.

Bruyneel has been charged with possession, trafficking and administration of banned substances, aiding, abetting and covering up anti-doping rule violations, but reaching arbitration has been a long, drawn out process.

In their charging letter, USADA said: “Numerous riders will testify that Mr. Bruyneel gave to them and/or encouraged them to use doping products and/or prohibited methods, including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, HGH and cortisone during the period from 1999 through 2007.”

It is unclear if the riders will be called to London for questioning.

The USADA Reasoned Decision document, issued one year ago, includes a damning nine-page section titled: Johan Bruyneel's involvement in doping.

One section alleges how Bruyneel learned how to "introduce young men to performance enhancing drugs, becoming adept at leading them down the path from newly minted professional rides to veteran drug user."

Bruyneel now lives in London. He was dismissed as team manager of the Radioshack team last year following the USADA investigation and has kept a low profile. He gave an interview to Cyclingnews in August but refused to talk about the USADA case. 

He refused to comment on news of the December arbitration but has hinted he is writing a book about time as a team manager with Armstrong.

In a statement published on his website last October he wrote: "It is my hope that a properly constituted, impartial hearing panel will confirm that the case should never even have gotten this far. Due to the sensitive nature of legal proceedings, I have been advised that it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage."

In a later statement he said: "Rest assured that the time will come when I will share with you a balanced account of events."

azureskies More than 1 year ago
This is really going to drive cycling sponsorship, fans, the general publics view on cycling and professional sports, far, far away. In 5 years after the crucifiction of Demon Bruyneel and witch Armstrong, people will realize that doping is an annomally with those two, and people will be believing in the sport once again.
rastymick More than 1 year ago
Doping is an anomaly with those two? You are really dreaming!
Gary333 More than 1 year ago
rastymick - because Postal was the only team that was doping at the time. Everyone else rode clean. If not then why aren't other countries going after their country's teams? lol!! ;)
pleyser More than 1 year ago
In some cases, they have- look at Telekom/T-Mobile in Germany and the majority of French riders found it difficult to dope in their country.
REDLANTERN More than 1 year ago
are there unicorns and fairies where you live? and do you see them now?
bigmig1000 More than 1 year ago
So what about Chris Charmichael? how is he involved and still allowed to make money in the sport?
sbroaddus More than 1 year ago
well since our friend bb called me out, i'll just say that the wheels of justice turn slowly, but they never stop turning. i have little doubt that USADA's reasoned decision has had an impact on Chris Charmichael's stress level.
Tonton More than 1 year ago
I hope he gets what he deserves. Not so much for what he did, as doping was widespread and others did the same, but for his refusal to tell the truth so we can all move on. He probably hopes to get away with it through a technicality or some other sort of miracle. Pathetic. Azureskies, I don't think that it will be much of a PR setback for the sport. The public has already forgotten him.
powerste More than 1 year ago
And very few people that don't closely follow cycling even know who he is. I guarantee every non-cycling news outlet report will refer to him as "Lance Armstrong's team manager" or something like that. Anyone not already up on the deets of this case will read the LA connection in the headlines and file it in their "Lance Armstrong - yawn" folder. It's not gonna hurt cycling from a PR perspective.
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Sorry tonton, but the Demon and Warlock need to be locked up for a very very long time, as wellas the Vampires. Thank goodness for the Amerikan inquisitor.
wirral More than 1 year ago
Don't trust Johan Bruyneel. He has been shown to be highly duplicitous.
antmills More than 1 year ago
He's a joke. Throw the book at him, throw him out ..... and DON'T buy his poxy book. It'll be as full of lies as LAs poor efforts!
brianbarber More than 1 year ago
Maybe he can open one of Manolo Saiz's catering franchises in London. Isn't that what disgraced former cycling managers do?
backofthepack More than 1 year ago
I wonder what his book will be called? It's Not About the Needle?
ianfra More than 1 year ago
How about: It's not about the truth?
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Anyone who hates Bruyneel, quite honestly needs to look at the whole sport, and the commanders who run it. If, and this is a big if, Cookson, the IOC, and anyone affiliated, don't do a complete turnaround, and begin lopping off heads, and I shall say, Greg LeMond, great guy who he is completely blew his chance to say it, the doping in cycling and other sports, which Greg obviously cares about, one iota,not, take it on why did Greg not go after it on CNN, with Anderson Cooper? SME WITH SAINT TRAVIS, WHY NOT LOP OFF EVERY HEAD, AND PUT THIS PROBLEM TO SLEEP. WHY DANIEL BENSON, does not lop off every doers hea? Why not, guys your chance is here, call them all out?
shapiro More than 1 year ago
Huh??? Find someone who can speak English to translate for you - your post is incoherent - though good for a laugh.
wirral More than 1 year ago
I like the photo CN have selected to go with this story. He looks like a mafioso in it.
muse-ette More than 1 year ago
If USADA can sustain a "trafficking" charge against Bruyneel (and let's hope they can) surely that would justify a criminal case against him. If he's a drug trafficker then he should do time. Where should that happen?
hoh3163 More than 1 year ago
Got a feeling that Bruyneel might want to make a confession of sort which might lead to him being charged for "trafficking" should he be in the states. They are arranging this in London so that this "minor" legal issue wouldn't discourage him from his confession. I am not sure what is the extraditing agreement between the UK & US. But I suppose even if there is an agreement, unless authorities on the US side apply for him to be extradited the UK side would just leave him be.