Arm­strong ‘dop­ing team’ get long bans

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Lance Arm­strong’s for­mer cy­cling team man­ager Jo­han Bruyneel, doc­tor Pe­dro Ce­laya and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their in­volve­ment in dop­ing, the United States Anti-Dop­ing Agency have con­firmed. 7 hours ago Reuters Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Ce­laya and Marti got eight-year bans af­ter the de­ci­sion by the Amer­i­can Ar­bi­tra­tion As­so­ci­a­tion North Amer­i­can Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a state­ment.

The trio all worked for Arm­strong’s U.S. Postal Ser­vice team (USPS), which changed its name to Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel af­ter a change of spon­sors in 2005, and opted for ar­bi­tra­tion when the charges were orig­i­nally lev­eled against them in June 2012.

“The ev­i­dence es­tab­lishes con­clu­sively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a con­spir­acy to com­mit wide­spread dop­ing on the USPS and Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel teams span­ning many years and many rid­ers,” said the state­ment.

“Sim­i­larly, Dr. Ce­laya and Mr. Marti were part of, or at least al­lowed them­selves to be used as in­stru­ments of, that con­spir­acy.”

Amer­i­can Arm­strong was stripped of his seven Tour de France ti­tles and given a life­time ban for dop­ing in 2012, fi­nally ad­mit­ting his use of banned sub­stances in a TV in­ter­view with Oprah Win­frey in Jan­uary 2013.

Two other doc­tors con­nected to the team, Spa­niard Luis Gar­cia del Moral and Ital­ian Michele Fer­rari, were handed life­time bans from pro­fes­sional sport by USADA in July 2012.

USADA’s 2012 re­port said the USPS team had run “the most so­phis­ti­cated, pro­fes­sion­alised and suc­cess­ful dop­ing pro­gramme the sport has ever seen”.

Bel­gian Bruyneel is a for­mer pro­fes­sional cy­clist who was team man­ager for all of Arm­strong’s seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005.

Of­ten de­scribed as Arm­strong’s right-hand man, Bruyneel en­joyed fur­ther suc­cess with As­tana in 2008-9 be­fore mov­ing to run the Ra­dioShack team, a po­si­tion he re­signed from when USADA pub­lished its re­port into Arm­strong’s dop­ing.

Lance Arm­strong

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