BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — The United States Anti-Doping Agency still plans to test its case against Belgian Johan Bruyneel, though a hearing date still hasn’t been set.
Bruyneel famously, now infamously, directed Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France wins that have since been stripped because Armstrong — and Bruyneel, according to USADA — orchestrated one of the deepest doping conspiracies that professional sports has encountered.
USADA CEO Travis Tygart initially said he expected the Bruyneel case to lift off before the New Year, though USADA was unsure earlier this week when, exactly, Bruyneel would appear before an arbitration panel to contest the agency’s charges, which he has denied.
For his part, Bruyneel has been relatively quiet about the situation, only firing off a few Tweets and refusing to address the media.
On October 28, he wrote, “There’s always 2 sides to a story. Coming soon!” and, later, “…For all those who are wondering: this ain’t over yet, people!”
Two others from the Armstrong dynasty have elected to go to independent arbitration hearings as opposed to accept lifetime bans: trainer Jose “Pepe” Martí and team doctor Pedro Celaya.
USADA outlined Bruyneel’s alleged possession of blood bags and needles, his trafficking of EPO and other drugs, his administration of the substances and his covering up of the uses in a June 12th charging letter. Martí and Celaya face similar charges.
“With respect to Mr. Bruyneel, numerous riders will testify that Mr. Bruyneel gave to them and/or encouraged them to use doping products and/or prohibited methods, including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, hGH and cortisone during the period from 1999 through 2007,” USADA’s initial letter detailing the charges reads.