Johan Bruyneel

Johan Bruyneel

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Johan Bruyneel (born 23 August 1964, Izegem, Belgium) is a former road bicycle racer in professional cycling and a directeur sportif for UCI ProTour team . Retiring from racing in 1998, he became director of (later known as Discovery Channel), a US-based UCI ProTour cycling team. He produced eight Tour de France wins with US Postal/Discovery, with Lance Armstrong from 1999–2005 and Alberto Contador in 2007. Following the 2007 season, the team disbanded and Bruyneel became the director of the team beginning in 2008, and achieved victories in each of cycling's Grand Tours with Contador with Astana.


Professional cyclist

Bruyneel was a successful professional cyclist. Early wins included the 1990 Tour de l'Avenir, the 1991 Rund um den Henninger Turm, the 1992 Grand Prix des Nations and Coppa Placci, and stage 6 (Evreux > Amiens) and finishing 7th at the 1993 Tour de France. His stage win set the record for fastest stage at 49.417 km/h, since then only broken by two cyclists.

His greatest successes as a pro cyclist came in 1995. At the 1995 Tour de France, he won stage 7, which began in Charleroi and ended in Liège, Belgium, and took the yellow jersey in his home country. Bruyneel launched an escape and was joined by eventual winner Miguel Indurain. The Spaniard took the lead and rode the stage as a time-trial to gain time on his main rivals, with Bruyneel latched onto his wheel, barely able to follow the tempo. He then...
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