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Armstrong staff handed lengthy bans

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Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said on Tuesday.

Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), Usada said in a statement.

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(FILE PHOTO) Former cycling Sports Director Johan Brunyeel has issued a statement on his personal website that the American Arbitration Association (the AAA) has issued a decision to ban him from any participation in the sport of cycling for 10 years. MONT VENTOUX, FRANCE - JULY 25: Lance Armstrong of the USA and Astana talks to team Manager Johan Bruyneel on stage 20 of the 2009 Tour de France from Montelimar to Mont Ventoux on July 25, 2009 on Mont Ventoux, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

All three worked for the U.S. Postal Service team and opted for arbitration when the charges were levelled against them in 2012. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban for doping the same year. – Reuters

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