Bruyneel won't appear at Belgian doping hearing

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The prosecutor of the Belgian cycling federation says Lance Armstrong's former team leader, Johan Bruyneel, will not appear at Tuesday's hearing to discuss his role in the doping scandal.

Cycling federation prosecutor Jaak Fransen said Monday it was still was too early to accuse Bruyneel of not cooperating with the investigation. Fransen will consider whether to pursue the case without Bruyneel's attendance.

During a 2010 hearing, Bruyneel denied all doping allegations cyclist Floyd Landis made against Armstrong. No disciplinary action was taken.

Fransen invited Bruyneel to explain himself after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged in October that the Belgian was a central figure in Armstrong's doping programs. He was called again to appear after Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had doped.

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