Cycling Australia's men's professional co-ordinator and national team coach Matt White was dismissed from his role this week after confessing to doping while a teammate of recently disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong in another tale from the dirty side of the sport.
The United States Doping Agency’s “Reasoned Decision”, released last Thursday, into the Armstrong doping scandal implicated White and a number of the American’s teammates while riding with the US Postal Service team.
From Cycling Australia: "In that role (as elite men’s road coordinator, White) has made a significant, valuable contribution to our men’s national teams and at no time do we believe his influence or actions went against the best interests of the sport."
From White: "It's crucial there is a positive outcome from the current debate about cycling's past and I feel a responsibility to be part of that – even if it won't be in an official Cycling Australia role. Regardless, I want to express my gratitude for the time I had in the position as a coach and a selector and like everyone else, I hope for a clear path and a bright future for the sport."
White is, so far, the only Australian to be implicated in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s 1000-page report which described the US Postal team’s doping run as the ''most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen''.
The Australian, a teammate of Armstrong from 2001 to 2003, was named by former French teammate Floyd Landis who was also disgraced and saw his 2006 Tour de France championship annulled.
''While training for that Vuelta [the Spanish tour in 2003], I spent a good deal of time training with Matthew White and Michael Barry [a Canadian, who has admitted to doping] and shared the testosterone and EPO [erythropoietin] that we had and discussed the use thereof while training,'' Landis said in the report.
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