Australian Cycling Team GreenEDGE Fires Director Over Doping
The Orica-GreenEDGE cycling team, Australia’s only professional road squad, fired sport director Matt White after he admitted to doping during his racing career.
White, 38, had stood down from the role Oct. 13 after he admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs on Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team from 2001 to 2003. He was fired by Cycling Australia as coordinator of its men’s national road teams on Oct. 17.
GreenEDGE said today in a statement on its website that White would be leaving the team “effective immediately.” The team also said it will conduct a full external review of its policies and procedures that will be led by Nicki Vance, a former director of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“Professional cycling is at a crossroads,” GreenEDGE owner Gerry Ryan said in the statement. “The future of the sport is being determined by what we do today. OGE will not step back from taking any necessary decision to protect the integrity of the sport and the team and to restore the confidence of cycling fans around the world.”
The review will encompass all riders and team members and recommend and oversee any changes to GreenEDGE’s anti-doping policies, protocols and recruitment procedures, the statement added.
White’s admission came after he was mentioned in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s report that resulted in Armstrong being stripped of all seven of his Tour de France victories. The International Cycling Union opted not to appeal the USADA’s ruling. Armstrong, who has denied doping and said he never failed a drug test, declined to take the USADA case to arbitration.
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