Lance Armstrong's former manager Johan Bruyneel leaves RadioShack

Last Updated: 12/10/12 6:07pm

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Johan Bruyneel (right) pictured with Lance Armstrong

Johan Bruyneel (right) pictured with Lance Armstrong

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Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong's long-serving team manager, has agreed to leave the RadioShack Nissan team by mutual consent.

Bruyneel was named in the United States Anti-Doping Agency report released this week, which said he was one of the people who had helped Armstrong organise doping within the US Postal Team.

The Belgian was Armstrong's team manager when the Texan won his seven Tours from 1999-2005 as well as during his two Tour rides in 2009 and 2010.

A statement from the team said: "The reasoned decision published by the USADA included a number of testimonies as a result of their investigation.

"In light of these testimonies, both parties feel it is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the team in an efficient and comfortable way.

"His departure is desirable to ensure the serenity and cohesiveness within the team.

"The USADA investigation does not concern the activities of Mr Bruyneel while managing the RadioShack Nissan Trek team. Johan Bruyneel contests the validity of the procedure as well as the charges against him."

The USADA report claimed: "The overwhelming evidence in this case is that Johan Bruyneel was intimately involved in all significant details of the US Postal team's doping programme."

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