Will hell break loose?
Johan Bruyneel leaves as RadioShack team manager following USADA report on Armstrong
Lance Armstrong’s former manager Johan Bruyneel left the RadioShack-Nissan team Friday after he was singled out as a central figure in the former Tour de France champion’s doping program.
The RadioShack-Nissan team said the decision was by “mutual agreement,” adding Bruyneel “can no longer direct the team in an efficient and comfortable way.”
GreenEDGE director Matt White stands down after admitting to doping with Lance Armstrong
White, 38, has become the first Australian caught in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal that rocked cycling last week, the biggest such upheaval in sporting history. White, a former Olympian, admitted he was part of the drugs culture when he was Armstrong’s teammate nearly a decade ago.
Cycling Australia board to meet in wake of doping admissions
White last night issued a statement in which he admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs while racing as a professional cyclist with the US Postal Service Team. Prior to issuing the statement he spoke with Cycling Australia representatives and advised them he was standing down from his position as Professional Men’s Road Coordinator for the organisation.
CONI’s anti-doping prosecutor calls in retired cyclist Leonardo Bertagnolli after USADA report
Recently retired cyclist Leonardo Bertagnolli has been called in for a hearing with the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor after revealing details of banned drug use supervised by Lance Armstrong’s former doctor.
At least seven scientists resigned in protest this week from Texas’ embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting program, claiming the agency created with the backing of the governor and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong is charting a new “politically-driven” path that puts commercial interests before science.
Gene Grabowski, executive vice president of Levick, a Washington, D.C.-based crisis and issues management firm, suggested Armstrong step away from his public role for a while. The charity must be allowed to keep the focus on the work and should not engage in the public debate over whether Armstrong doped, he said.
“We have an iconic leader of an organization shown to allegedly have feet of clay,” Grabowski said. “If the organization is that important to Lance, he might consider handing the reins to another high-profile person.”
First two USA Pro Challenge winners suspended in wake of Armstrong case
The first two champions of the wildly popular USA Pro Challenge cycling tour, which included stages in Boulder, Vail, Aspen and Summit County this year, have been suspended for admitting to doping while testifying against Lance Armstrong.
Levi Leipheimer, who won the inaugural USAPC in 2011, has been suspended by his Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team and suspended from cycling altogether for six months dating back to the end of his season on Sept. 1. He was also stripped of results from 1999 through 2007.
This year’s USAPC winner, Christian Vande Velde of Boulder-based Garmin-Sharp, also accepted a six-month ban retroactive to Sept. 9 and has been stripped of all results between 2004 and 2006.Two other active Garmin-Sharp riders, Durango’s Tom Danielson and Los Angeles resident David Zabriskie, also testified against Armstrong and accepted six-month suspensions.