Aussie embroiled in Armstrong scandal

WWOS staff
12:59pm October 13, 2012
October 13, 2012: The fall-out from Lance Armstrong's doping scandal continues with a prominent Australian cycling figure now caught up in the investigation.

A former Australian cyclist and ex-teammate of Lance Armstrong has been named in the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation into Armstrong’s doping scandal.

Matt White, who rode in Armstrong’s US Postal Services (USPS) team from 2001 to 2003, was named in the evidence given by another former teammate Floyd Landis.

White is now the head of Australia’s Orica-GreenEDGE cycling team and the professional co-ordinator and a national selector with Cycling Australia. He was also the sports director for the Australia road team for the London Olympics, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

White is initially referred to as "rider-9" in the affidavit provided by Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for excessive testosterone levels.

The affidavit adjoined the USADA’s ''reasoned decision'' for stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles as well as a life ban.

Landis describes how in 2003, USPS head sports director, Johan Bruyneel, told him how to use human growth hormone during training for the Vuelta a Espana.

''I then spent substantial time training with fellow USPS team members ''Rider-9'' and Michael Barry and shared, and discussed the use of HGH, testosterone and erythropoietin with them while training,'' Landis says.

But "rider-9’s" anonymity is blown in exhibit B of Landis’s affidavit.

Landis named White in a copied document titled ''Forwarded conversation'' that Landis sent to an anonymous recipient on April 30, 2010.

''While training for that Vuelta, I spent a good deal of time training with Matthew White and Michael Barry and shared the testosterone and EPO that we had and discussed the use thereof while training.''

White told the Sydney Morning Herald that he could not comment.

Cycling Australia president Klaus Mueller told Fairfax that they continued to read the USADA’s evidence but had not reached Landis’s evidence.

Mueller added that he was aware that White was part of an organisation where "there was systematic doping by virtually everyone in the team" according to USADA findings. 

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