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Guercilena replaces Bruyneel as RadioShack manager

PARIS (Reuters) - Italian Luca Guercilena has been appointed RadioShack Nissan team manager in place of the departing Johan Bruyneel, the Luxembourg-owned outfit said on Thursday.

"Guercilena has accepted the role of Team Manager of RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK," a team statement read.

"Guercilena, currently sports director at RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK, will overview the cohesion and continuity of the Luxembourgish cycling project that started two years ago. As of today Guercilena will be responsible for the organization of the team and supervise all sports and technical operations."

Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong's team manager for the American's seven Tour de France wins, left RadioShack Nissan on Friday after being implicated in his former protege's doping scandal.

Bruyneel was named in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report released this week which said he was one of the people who had helped Armstrong organize doping within the U.S. Postal Team.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)