Bruyneel: "I am not the devil incarnate"

Man who led Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France victories breaks silence

by Simon_MacMichael   June 13, 2013  

Johan Bruyneel © Montgomery

Johan Bruyneel, the man who led Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France victories, says he is feeling the weight of being “portrayed as the devil incarnate” and has hit out at what he sees as “one-sided reporting” of his role in the US Postal doping scandal.

Sacked last October as team manager at RadioShack-Nissan after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) published its Reasoned Decision in the Armstrong case, Bruyneel, who had managed Armstrong at US Postal, Astana and RadioShack, broke his silence to speak to Belgian news magazine, Humo.

Like Armstrong, now banned for life and stripped of results including those seven Tour de France victories achieved between 1999 and 2005, Bruyneel was charged in June last year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with having played a role in the “most sophisticated doping scheme in the history of sport.”

While Armstrong chose not to contest USADA’s charges, Bruyneel is challenging them through arbitration – though there’s still no indication of when or even if a hearing will take place.

What is clear, however, from the quotes published on its website, is that Bruyneel feels hard done by, and that he’s prepared to fight his corner.

"I'm not the devil incarnate,” he insisted. “I am however keen to speak my mind, but my lawyers have instructed me to remain silent,” adding that while it was okay for others to use words against him, he found that gag “very frustrating.”

"There are few people who really know me,” he went on. “It could be that I come across as a cool customer if I take hard professional decisions, but I'm actually quite different to that. I think a good thing, because I like to keep that separate."

He seemed less detached when talking about the accusations levelled against him, however.

"It bothers me that my name is blackened that way because I am no devil or whatever. The general public thinks of the one-sided reporting, but I am convinced that this picture will change and everyone will understand the situation in time,” he added cryptically.

Bruyneel maintained that he had never required a rider to dope – very much at odds with the evidence presented in USADA’s Reasoned Decision – and says that Armstrong was targeted as a big name.

“His head was chopped off, and mine’s on the block too,” he said, but added, “I don’t feel bitter.”

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His head was chopped off?? Brilliant.

posted by andyp [1371 posts]
13th June 2013 - 17:27


His presence is as welcome as a turd in a swimming pool

posted by lycra vs lager [20 posts]
13th June 2013 - 19:11


It will be very informative to get the full skinny on this whole affair. Lots of skelingtons I feel.

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posted by Manglier [95 posts]
13th June 2013 - 20:43


He's not the devil. He's a very naughty boy.

posted by a.jumper [833 posts]
14th June 2013 - 8:22


I haven't read the artical, just want to say I don't care what he says and push my post count up one.

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1817 posts]
14th June 2013 - 13:18


Yes you are ... moo-a-ha-ha! Devil

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posted by mingmong [242 posts]
14th June 2013 - 17:20