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Bruyneel, Discovery reveling in new Tour freedom

Updated: June 30, 2006, 7:38 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

Faced with the cycling equivalent of losing Michael Jordan, you'd think Discovery Channel team director Johan Bruyneel would be clinically, or at least competitively, depressed.

Instead, the wily Belgian sounded jazzed up on the eve of the Tour de France.

"The less people talk about us, the better," Bruyneel told reporters on a conference call last week. "It's not our role to control the race this year. It's our role to disturb the race from Day One.

"We are in the ...

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