Johan Bruyneel's Suspension Start Date

Johan Bruyneel's Suspension Start Date

After the 2010 Tour de France, I received notice from the UCI (International Cycling Union) that I would be disciplined for Team RadioShack wearing the Team 28 cancer fighting jerseys during the last stage of the Tour de France. On October 29th, I was given a suspension from the UCI for two (2) months, which would be effective February 1, 2011 and run through March 31, 2011. On the same day, Carlos Barredo, a professional rider from another team, also received a two (2) month suspension for an unrelated infraction which also happened during the 2010 Tour de France. I was surprised to see that Barredo's suspension would be effective January 1, 2011 and run through February 28, 2011. I was unclear why a professional sports governing body would assign two different suspension start dates, especially when the 2011 cycling season starts prior to February 1, 2011 (first World Tour event starts January 16). Only out of principle, I questioned the UCI on the reason my suspension started February 1 and not January 1 like Barredo's. When I didn't receive an answer, I filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). I was not appealing the suspension, but rather asking the ban to start on January 1 - the same start date as Barredo's. I received notice today that CAS has rejected my appeal and that the UCI's decision is maintained. The letter that I received from CAS also does not provide any justification on the ruling.

As originally ruled by the UCI, I will now have to serve my suspension starting on February 1. To this day, I am still left wondering the reason the UCI has not acted in a uniformed and consistent manner using common sense. I will start the season as a sports director on January 16th in Australia at the Santos Tour Down Under, and after this event I will serve a 2 month suspension in February and March. My protest was solely out of principle as this is just one example of many where people in our sport are forced to accept arbitrary decisions.

This particular one, like so many other things in our sport, really makes no sense to me at all, but it is what it is... Does it make sense to you???


When should the two month suspension of Johan Bruyneel start?

January 1, 2011 (same date as given to Carlos Barredo)
February 1, 2011 (UCI decision)
Johan should not be suspended
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