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by Mark Zalewski
February 9, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Right-hand man: Roche dedicated to putting Porte into Tour de France yellow; Sexism and abuse in women’s cycling: A dozen pros share their experiences, anonymously; British Cycling review report delayed over legalities; Keagan Girdlestone competes in first race since crash; Meeusen feeling left out by Team, Nys; Bruyneel responds to 60 Minutes report on motor doping; New Energy Tour set to replace World Ports Classic; Speed bumps placed in cycle lane to ‘protect’ cyclists; Cancellara’s final Flanders bike sells for €16,100; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour teaser; WeLeaf:The first 4,000 kilometers; When dodgy former Olympic doctors have to find a new gig.
Former US Postal Service manager Johan Bruyneel responded to the insinuations made during the 60 Minutes report last month that Lance Armstrong used a motor in his bicycle during his Tour de France wins, saying that Greg Lemond is obsessed with blaming Armstrong for everything wrong in cycling.
“I do not know what’s wrong with LeMond. It’s not normal to be so obsessed with Armstrong,” he said in an interview with Belgian magazine Humo.
“60 Minutes wanted to accuse both Lance Armstrong and Team Sky on the use of mechanical doping. But the arguments were ridiculous: Istvan Varjas said nothing. He is just looking for publicity; I wonder how reliable he is. It was set up by Greg LeMond and his wife Kathy — they try to manipulate everything again to suspect Lance. But they have failed.”
Bruyneel said Armstrong was made aware of the program’s investigation and that his legal team had taken steps.
“Initially the program would have been much more aggressive. But they still implied their initial assertions by asking Varjas to install a motor in the type of bike that Lance won the Tour with in 1999. Ridiculous, because they used 2016 technology. Batteries in 1999 cannot be hidden in a bicycle frame — they were too big. I have people who know something about it.”
Click through to read more at Humo.