I must continue. I have been forced to do so.
This article came over my Google feed, and I could not make it to my computer fast enough. Well, actually I waited overnight before writing. Writing emotionally can sometimes come out as a jumbled mess that only the writer can understand. To put it mildly, this particular article incensed me. I will pause for a moment to allow my readers to give it a quick look.
Johan Bruyneel . . . where oh where do I begin? Let us just boil this down. Bruyneel is and was a forgotten road racer who later had a managerial role with certain professional teams: Astana, Radio Shack and U.S. Postal (Discovery). Gosh, it is right on the tip of my tongue . . . what do all of those teams have in common? In April 2014, Johan Bruyneel was given a ten-year ban by USADA noting that “the evidence establishes conclusively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders.”
Well, now Mr. Bruyneel wants to attack Greg LeMond for his role in the “60 Minutes” piece on motors in the professional ranks. Something keeps coming to mind . . . something about living in a glass house and throwing rocks? In the aforementioned article, Bruyneel begins with how much LeMond is obsessed with Armstrong. Of course, Greg LeMond was concentrating on Lance Armstrong for years and was the only one pointing to the American hero, until Greg was finally vindicated for his “outrageous” claims. Yes, LeMond is on a mission and possesses laser-like focus on cleaning up the sport and hopefully placing it back into good standings when it comes to trusting that the sport is legitimate. Of course, I do not know Greg LeMond personally and have never even met him. Sure, he might be arrogant or a jerk at times, as some have said in the past, but there is no reason for anyone, especially Johan Bruyneel, to attack LeMond’s character, as he does in the article:
“LeMond knows that nothing that might affect him will ever come to light. Anything he might have done wouldn’t be provable today,” he said. “He always says that he won clean while his whole generation is suspected to have been doping. It seems impossible to me. He loves hearing that he’s the only American to have won the Tour. Or, better still, that he is the only winner of the Tour de France.”
Bruyneel even goes so far as to mock Greg LeMond’s American accent when he speaks French and used the word @s5hole when describing LeMond.
Now, as for mechanical doping, it is obviously in the sport. Catching a professional cyclist with a motor in a sanctioned event and testimony from motor makers are pretty good places to start. Bruyneel is appealing his ten-year ban and has even said on his website that doping was a “fact of life in the peloton.” He even goes on to tell Velonews that LeMond is on his “mission” just to “spread suspicion about Lance once again.” I have got news for you, Johan: There is NO need to spread suspicion about Lance Armstrong. He has admitted to all of the doping allegations and been stripped of his titles. Please quit trying to ride a dead and decaying horse. Your moment in the sun, Monsieur Bruyneel, is over . . . and hopefully more governing bodies will ban you for life.