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Mails to spijtoptant nekten Bruyneel

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Judgment of BAG circulating on the internet

The sportarbitragehof BAG extended, this week the suspension of Johan Bruyneel (54) from ten years to life. It did that on the basis of a special testimony of Luis Garcia Del Moral, the former team doctor of the US Postal.

Mails to spijtoptant nekten Bruyneel

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The verdict of the BAG shows that Bruyneel himself extensively testified about his own doping. belga

Judgment of BAG circulating on the internet

The sportarbitragehof BAG extended, this week the suspension of Johan Bruyneel (54) from ten years to life. It did that on the basis of a special testimony of Luis Garcia Del Moral, the former team doctor of the US Postal.

Mails to spijtoptant nekten Bruyneel

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Jan-Pieter De Vlieger

Brussels ‘The last chapter in the history of the US Postal team’, this is how the court of arbitration BAG its recent decision against Johan Bruyneel. At least it was the last loose bit in the case that began in October 2012. Then came the so-called Usada’s report, that the widespread doping within the Postal team revealed. Team leader Lance Armstrong got for that facts for a lifetime suspension, manager Bruyneel came from with ‘only’ ten years.

The World Anti-Dopingagentschap Wada also wanted for Bruyneel life, and stepped therefore to the BAG. After a long legal battle brought it this week started at home. Bruyneel came Wednesday in an open letter on Facebook to the outside. The verdict – 104 pages long – circulating, meanwhile, unofficially on the internet.

Heavy procedureslag

Reading teaches that Bruyneel is banned as a devil in a wijwatervat. His lawyer Mike Morgan, who also Chris Froome defended in the Salbutamolzaak – made a heavy procedureslag of. More than half of the document deals with limitation periods and bodies that whether or not a jurisdiction had. The BAG followed keep the side of the prosecution, to the frustration of Bruyneel.

The TAS concludes: ‘the e-mails clearly confirm all the testimonies from the riders. Bruyneel was at the top of the pyramid’

The document also shows that the Belgian ex-manager himself extensively, testified before the BAG. And that he played best startling statements, gathering. So he plays the open card about his doping as a rider: corticosteroids since 1988, epa has, since 1995. If Once a rider he already worked together with dr. Michele Ferrari – nicknamed” dottore epo. In his time at Rabobank, he learned blood transfusions use by team doctor Geert Leinders.

About his period as a manager with US Postal, he is vaguer. He was ‘aware of doping and lived in 2000, itself a blood transfusion in Valencia. In big lines, says Bruyneel ‘doping have accepted and allowed’.

In that story is the BAG to him, not followed. ‘The complete strategic’, so say the judges. It turns out the central theme in the whole process: Bruyneel argued that he, as a manager, at best, complicit to doping. Wada accused him also of trade, administration and aggravating circumstances. Legally, that makes the difference between a mild sentence and a lifetime suspension.

Lance Armstrong celebrates a Tourzege with he signed up Bruyneel. epa

The TAS questioned, in this case, seven ex-riders from US Postal, who was also previously testified in the Usada report. The judges were trying still to figure out how far the hand of Bruyneel exactly reached. He put himself to doping or not? One anecdote is telling: David Zabriskie testified that Bruyneel him in a conversation in a café in Girona in 2003, to his great dismay, learned how he epo had to use. Bruyneel denies that and says that Zabriskie had been asking for. ‘In a hotel room in the Vuelta 2002, he tapped on his arm. I want the stuff that the big boys use.’ Bruyneel stressed: “I’ve never been a rider asked or encouraged to doping.”

The Cat

The BAG looks so different. In the balancing ‘complicit in’ or ‘responsible for’, however, one witness in particular, Bruyneel the tie to have donned. A man who is in the Usada report, one of the accused was: doctor Luis Garcia Del Moral, who works at US Postal between 1999 and 2003. His nickname was ‘El Gato’ or ‘the Cat’. According to ex-rider Christian Vande Velde, he was ‘aggressive and always in a hurry. If he was in the neighborhood, there was soon a needle in your arm.’

In exchange for sentence remissions he served now as kroongetuige of the Wada. He revealed to the court correspondence with Bruyneel, describing the Belgian manager to Del Moral asked Armstrong for epo to deliver. There was also a diagram that made it clear which rider when doping had to get. In addition, there were two scientific articles about a new urine test for epo.

Johan Bruyneel on doctor’s visit, in his time as a rider. belga

The BAG mentions the emails ‘devastating’, ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ (the drop that made the cup did overflow). The tribunal concludes: “She clearly confirm all the testimonies from the riders. Bruyneel was at the top of the pyramid.’ Hence the maximum penalty: ten years, but a lifetime suspension.

Bruyneel pointed out, in his Facebookpost itself that the punishment in itself does not matter. He had anyway no plans to return in the cycling world. But now the final chapter is written’, is the conclusion that he was the most damaged from the US Postal affair. Team leader Lance Armstrong did not appeal against his suspension, settelde the klokkenluiderszaak with the government and is to end on the road in his public rehabilitation. Dopingdokter Del Moral comes as spijtoptant of with a suspension of five years and may then even re-doctor. For Johan Bruyneel, it looks less bleak. In his testimony he noted that the case to a divorce was that he ‘almost broke’. Bruyneel added also that ” he is sorry and deeply ashamed about what he has done’. Also could the judges of the BAG does not relent. They call it”too little, too late’.

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