13 Oct 2012

Former Armstrong mentor leaving RadioShack

7:01 am on 13 October 2012

The fallout from Lance Armstrong doping case continues with Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong's team manager on the American cyclist's seven Tour de France wins, quitting as RadioShack Nissan general manager by mutual agreement.

Bruyneel was named in the United States Anti-Doping Agency report which says he is one of the people who had helped Armstrong organise doping within the US Postal Team.

The president of Cycling Australia says governments should look at criminalising doping in sports and increasing the resources of anti-doping agencies to include investigative functions in the wake of the Armstrong revelations.

Klaus Mueller says what the USADA findings have unearthed is that there may now be the need to sit down with government and work out whether the powers and resources that the Australian anti-doping body ASADA has are adequate.

The International Cycling Union says its lawyers will determine the world governing body's response to accusations that Armstrong was at the centre of a sophisticated doping conspiracy.

The UCI president Pat McQuaid says the organisation received the 1,000-page dossier two days ago, their lawyers are studying that and have 21 days to come up with a response.

And the Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme says the seven titles stripped from the American cyclist should not be awarded to any other rider because the sport at that time was tainted by doping.

Evoking what he described as a "lost decade", the Tour organiser quoted the 19th century French poet, novelist and dramatist Victor Hugo: "Those who live are those who fight."

Prudhomme says the biological passport, the number of tests and the increasingly efficient targetting means cheats are caught faster and they have to continue down this route as there's no other way possible.

The USADA report could not have come at a worse time for Tour organisers as they prepare to unveil the route for the 100th edition next year.