Johan Bruyneel won’t be behind the wheel at RadioShack this spring after the Belgian sport director lost an appeal over his two-month ban imposed by the UCI for the “jersey-gate” stink up at last year’s Tour de France.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Bruyneel’s appeal filed December 16 against the UCI’s decision to ban Bruyneel in February and March after RadioShack riders wore unauthorized jerseys at the final stage of the 2010 Tour de France.
Bruyneel had asked that the ban be served in January and February instead of in February and March, meaning that the Belgian will miss out on early season races such as Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo.
Due to the loss of the appeal, he will still be able to work during next month’s Tour Down Under, which will be Lance Armstrong’s final international race appearance.
The UCI announced the ban, along with a 10,000 Swiss franc-fine, in October following a conflict during the final stage of the 2010 Tour over unauthorized jerseys that the RadioShack riders wanted to wear on the largely ceremonial final stage concluding on the Champs-Elysées.
RadioShack riders appeared at the start of the final stage wearing black jerseys emblazoned with the number “28,” a reference to the 28 million people worldwide who are facing cancer. Aware of the original intent of the jersey switch UCI officials have vowed to donate the proceeds from Bruyneel’s fine to a Swiss-based cancer charity.
Race organizers insisted that the team revert to its approved jerseys, but the squad later donned the “28” jerseys on the final podium to receive trophies for the best-team category.