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Armstrong's ex-boss Bruyneel leaves RadioShack

Published on Oct 13, 2012 6:22 AM
In this photo dated on Jul 5, 0227 Discovery Channel Team Manager Belgium's Johan Bruyneel attends a press conference at the London Excel Exhibition Center, two days before the official start of the Tour de France cycling race. Armstrong's former boss Bruyneel leaves RadioShack-Nissan, the team announced on Oct 12, 2012. -- PHOTO : AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Johan Bruyneel, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's former manager during his drug-tainted seven Tour de France wins, has left his current team RadioShack, the Luxembourg outfit announced on Friday.

The decision comes just two days after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) condemned Armstrong for being at the heart of the biggest doping conspiracy in sports history.

"I am surprised and extremely disappointed that USADA released information in the public domain relating to their pending case against me before I had been given any opportunity to review the evidence and provide my defence against it," said Mr Bruyneel.

"I still hope to be able to defend myself in a forum free from bias, although I now fear that USADA's calculated action may have irreversibly prejudiced my case.

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