Saturday Oct 13, 2012
AUSTRALIAN Matt White has been named in the US Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Lance Armstrong as a drug user. He was named by a former teammate central to the inquiry.
White, 38, who rode on the Armstrong-led US Postal Services team from 2001 to 2003, is now the head sports director of the new Australian World Tour Orica-GreenEDGE cycling team. He is also Cycling Australia's professional co-ordinator and a national selector. And as part of his CA position, he was the men's Australian road team sports director at the London Olympics.
He was named in USADA's ''reasoned decision'' behind its findings from evidence submitted by another ex-USPS teammate, the American Floyd Landis.
Landis, who tested for excessive testosterone levels in the 2006 Tour, which he initially won - only to lose the title and get a two-year ban - names White in a copied email in the USADA dossier.
His name is in an ''exhibit'' to Landis's affidavit that adjoins its 202-page ''reasoned decision'' for giving a life ban to Armstrong and stripping him of all his results since August 1998.
In Landis's 14-page affidavit, he describes how the then USPS head sports director, Johan Bruyneel, ''initiated a separate conversation over the phone with me on how to use human growth hormone'' during training for the 2003 Vuelta a Espana.
Landis says he bought HGH and Andriol, an oral testosterone, from team ''trainer'' Jose Marti who lived in Valencia, Spain and with Bruyneel and doctor Luis Garcia del Moral were three of five former Armstrong associates also charged by USADA.
Landis says: ''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.''
Barry, a Canadian, has admitted to doping and, while now retired, was banned by USADA on Wednesday for six months and stripped of all his results between May 13, 2003 and July 31, 2006.
The redaction of a name and insertion of ''Rider-9'' is to keep that person's identity anonymous. But it becomes clear in exhibit B of Landis's affidavit in a copied document titled ''Forwarded conversation'' sent from Landis to an anonymous recipient on April 30, 2010.
On page 2 of that document, the last two lines of the first paragraph that again refer to 2003 are almost verbatim to what Landis said in his affidavit. They read: ''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.''
Contacted by the Herald yesterday, White said he could not yet comment but the CA president, Klaus Mueller, said CA hoped to contact White as soon as possible.
''We are continuing to read all the material and quite candidly I haven't got to the part [in USADA's Reasoned Decision] of Floyd Landis,'' Mueller said.
''But I was already aware. The findings of USADA were that there was systematic doping by virtually everyone in the team. I was aware that Matt White had been on the team at the relevant time.''
White is not the only Australian named in USADA's ''reasoned decision'' into its case against Armstrong, Bruyneel, del Moral, Marti, Pedro Celaya and Italian trainer Michele Ferrari.
Other Australians include Queensland's Allan Davis and the ACT's Michael Rogers.
Davis, now a member of OricaGreenEDGE, has been named in evidence pertaining to the 2006 Operation Puerto sting in Spain.
While he was later cleared by a Spanish court, the USADA dossier names Davis among riders connected to Eufamiano Fuentes when on the Spanish Liberty-Seguros team.
Rogers, who rides for the British Sky team, was named in an affidavit by American rider Levi Leipheimer as one of several cyclists who attended training camps in 2005 at Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, with Ferrari. But Rogers said on Thursday that during his association with Ferrari while on the T-Mobile team, he was never offered drugs.
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