Feds not finished with Armstrong case, going after Bruyneel for $1.2m

U.S. Government seeks $1.2 million in damages from Johan Bruyneel. The Belgian may be out of reach, based in Madrid.

Despite the April settlement in which Lance Armstrong agreed to pay nearly $7 million to end the Federal fraud lawsuit against him, the U.S. government is seeking more damages, now from his former team director Johan Bruyneel.

USA Today reports that Federal attorneys filed for a civil default judgment Monday against the Belgian Bruyneel.

The U.S. Government is seeking to hold Bruyneel personally liable for $1.2 million, and potentially an additional $451,000. Now-defunct Tailwind Sports, which owned the U.S. Postal Service team, is also named in the case.

Armstrong, who claimed seven Tour de France victories during his career before seeing all seven stripped by the UCI following USADA’s “reasoned decision,” rode for a squad sponsored by the United States Postal Service for seven years.

The U.S. government sued Armstrong after he admitted to using to doping in 2013, arguing that his years of doping had hurt the U.S. Postal Service.

Over the course of its sponsorship run, the U.S. Postal Service paid Armstrong’s cycling team $32.3 million.

Given that Bruyneel, 53, is based in Madrid, it’s unclear if the U.S. government will actually be able to pursue him in court, or if this is simply a symbolic gesture.

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