Johan Bruyneel: It's Bullshit that Greg Lemond won the Tour Clean
"It is the hypocrisy that has hurt the most." says Johan Bruyneel, who won seven Tours together with Armstrong
The ESPN documentary 'Lance' has caused quite a stir over the past few weeks. Johan Bruyneel, who won seven Tours together with Armstrong, also stumbled into the depths after the doping confessions of the American. In an interview with HUMO, Bruyneel criticizes the fact that other team leaders - who he said did the same - remain silent and thus avoid their punishment: "It is the hypocrisy that has hurt the most."
The generation of riders of the 90s and early 2000s is often said to be a lost generation. Tragic too, because of the many doping cases they no longer have any credibility. How does Bruyneel view this? "It's very simple: all the champions in cycling history were the best of their generation. In the 1990s, everyone had access to the same drugs: blood doping and EPO. Greg LeMond always says, ' I'm the only clean winner.' Bullshit! He always drove for French teams, they were les rois de la cortisone. Can't you imagine he never took anything? He has beaten Hinault and Fignon, who admitted to taking. You can't beat world leaders who have doped without taking something yourself. But: LeMond was the best of his generation, just like Hinault, Anquetil, Merckx and Indurain. And so also Lance ”, says Bruyneel at HUMO.
"It is especially the hypocrisy that has hurt the most," says Bruyneel.
About Marc Madiot, who is currently the team leader at Groupama-FDJ, Bruyneel presents an anecdote. “I rode my first foreign race as a second-year pro. I was completely wrung out between the support cars, but did everything to finish that race. The doping control was done by drawing lots, which they announced half way through Radio Tour. Madiot descended to the support car, heard that he was not on the list, rolled up his sleeve and sat une flechette (a syringe, ed.) In his upper arm, as they said so beautifully. He drove forward and never got off his head. That image has stayed with me all my life. And so those are the men who keep condemning me and Lance.”