(CS) RadioShack Nissan Trek manager Johan Bruyneel has decided not to attend this year's Tour de France amid doping allegations.
Bruyneel is accused of aiding and abetting doping in his previous team US Postal, with cyclist Lance Armstrong at risk of losing all of his seven Tour de France titles.
The 47-year-old Bruyneel has denied all allegations put forward by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Nonetheless, he announced on his blog that he would not be attending the iconic French race, saying his presence would be “an unwelcome distraction to my team.”
Alain Gallopin and Dirk Demol will coordinate the RadioShack Nissan Trek team. Bruyneel commented that he has “confidence in the quality and experience in the team directors,” wishing everyone involved good luck.
Bruyneel stands accused of being part of a doping conspiracy together with Lance Armstrong between 1998 and 2011. Several other high-profile team doctors, such as Michele Ferrari, Pedro Celaya and Luis Garcia del Moral, as well as trainer Pepe Marti, are also accused of dealing with doping drugs and encouraging doping.
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