Former Lance Armstrong team manager declares innocence

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    Lance Armstrong in one of his Tour de France victories

    In this July 28, 2002, file photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, toast team director Johan Bruyneel with a glass of champagne during the final stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Melun and Paris, France. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against the seven-time Tour de France winner, questioning how he achieved those famous cycling victories. Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year, could face a lifetime ban from the sport if he is found to have used performance-enhancing drugs. He maintained his innocence, saying: "I have never doped."

    The team manager behind Lance Armstrong‘s seven consecutive Tour de France victories says he’s innocent of doping charges raised by U.S. officials.

    Johan Bruyneel is currently manager of the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team. In a statement he posted Friday on his website and Twitter, Bruyneel says he never participated in any doping activities and is dismayed by the charges.

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is accusing Armstrong, Bruyneel and several others connected to the teams of participating in a doping conspiracy. Bruyneel’s statement does not mention Armstrong or the others.

    Armstrong insists he is innocent.

    Bruyneel says he will cooperate with the USADA investigation but is confident he and the others will be cleared of wrongdoing.

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