I'm usually reticent to bring the L-factor into any message board discussion, but I think it's very appropriate when discussing Viaene. Armstrong's coach, Chris Carmichael, was quoted in USA Today in 2004 saying:
"There are only four people who really know what's going on with Lance's body: me, Michele (Ferrari), (team director) Johan Bruyneel and Freddy (Viaene, Armstrong's massage therapist)."
Another soigneur, Willy Voet of Festina scandal fame, wrote about how obvious it was that working with Ferrari meant doping (when discussing Virenque):
"...teaming up with Ferrari was like putting a saucepan up your backside: it was immediately obvious what you were doing."
Viaene left Postal and moved to Phonak with Landis. Landis' website called Viaene "Floyd's Soigneur".
Viaene was out of a job after Phonak dissolved, but he landed on his feet. He was hired by Patrick Lefevre at Quickstep. Last winter the Belgian paper, Het Laatste Nieuws, did an expose on doping at Quickstep. One of the sources was an unnamed soigneur associated with Quickstep. Cyclingnews provides the translation:
'Soigneur 2' tells a story about Freddy Viaene, a colleague from the Discovery Channel team. "Viaene isn't welcome anywhere: burned his hands, got spat out by the peloton. He knew how the Americans work, he worked with ... " several leading riders, 'Soigneur 2' was quoted in Het Laatste Nieuws. QuickStep's popular soigneur, Dirk Nachtergaele, apparently said to Lefevere, "you can't take that guy in our team!" Despite this Lefevere insisted and wanted Viaene in the team.
Lefevere threatened to sue the HLN but that suit hasn't seemed to materialize (the Dedecker suit was a different thing).
Once again, there is a lot of smoke around Floyd that's not coming from the stage 17 positive fire. Freddy Viane definitely adds a lot to the pollution.
This post has been edited by sundaymorning: 06 February 2008 - 05:19 AM