Armstrong, Bruyneel and Radio Shack riders fined for Livestrong jersey stunt

Directeur sportif Bruyneel gets heftiest fine and a two month ban

by Mark Appleton   October 30, 2010  

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The jersey-swapping antics of Lance Armstrong’s Radio Shack team and associated tantrums by its directeur sportif at this year’s Tour de France have been punished by the UCI.  

The stunt earned manager Johann Bruyneel - who also "publicly insulted" UCI officials - a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) equivalent to about £6350 while each team member who donned a black Livestrong jersey for the podium team presentation in Paris will be required to cough up 2,500 CHF, about £1600.

Additiionally Bruyneel was banned for two months by the UCI. a ban that will run from February 1 to March 31, 2011.

The Radio Shack team had initially tried to wear the jerseys which featured the number 28, representing the 28 million people worldwide said to be living with cancer, at the start of the final stage of this year’s Tour before officials forced them to change back into their regulation team kit.

But clearly Armstrong’s determination to make a point was not to be thwarted and the riders succeeded in wearing the black jerseys while receiving the prize for the Tour’s best team performance.

Some observers have suggested that by failing to follow procedures that would have permitted the team to wear an alternative jersey, Team Radio Shack deliberately engineered a confrontation with the UCI's Tour commissaires in order to garner additional publicity for Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.

The UCI say they will donate the fine to the Swiss League Against Cancer.

Cycling's governing body also announced yesterday that it has banned the Spaniard Carlos Barredo from competition for two months. Barredo started a fight with Portuguese rider Rui Costa at the end of the race's sixth stage at Gueugnon over a racing incident.

Whereas Bruyneel's ban will allow him to be present with the Radio Shack team at January's Tour Down Under, Barredo's sanction from January 1 to February 28 will prevent him from joining his new Rabobank team in Australia. The UCI has not so far offered an explanation for the different timing of the bans.
 

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petty UCI officials.

posted by lokikontroll [51 posts]
30th October 2010 - 12:43

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What a joke, at least UCI isn't keeping the money but then again if Radio Shack knew the rules and want to break them then why not have 4kg bikes too?

Hopefully Lance got the marketing he needed for Livestrong and cancer charity funding.

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
30th October 2010 - 13:25

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For me this was Armstrong spraying like a tom cat on the last day of the Tour.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1332 posts]
31st October 2010 - 5:02

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Good. Not harsh enough imo but a start. Rules are rules. Idiots.

posted by Karbon Kev [667 posts]
1st November 2010 - 9:51

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