Johan Bruyneel is one of cycling’s most controversial and successful figures. As a cyclist he won three Grand Tour stages, including one in his home country of Belgium in 1997, and finished third in the 1995 Vuelta a España. However, he is perhaps best known for his accident in the 1996 Tour de France when he missed a turn and fell down a ravine. Surprisingly unscathed, he climbed back onto the road and continued the stage.
Bruyneel achieved notoriety as a Team Director having presided over the tainted success of the US Postal team as they won 10 Grand Tours under his leadership. Following investigations by USADA and the confessions of various indicted riders Bruyneel has seen seven of these victories annulled. Following Armstrong’s admission to doping, Bruyneel is now under investigation himself, having left the employment of the Radioshack-Nissan team.