GreenEDGE director implicated in Armstrong scandal

The fall-out from the doping dossier that damned cycling legend Lance Armstrong has hit Australia, with former Olympian Matthew White accused of using drugs.

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Australian cyclist Matt White in 2005 Tour de France
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White rode with Armstrong in the US Postal team from 2001 to 2003

The fall-out from the doping dossier that damned cycling legend Lance Armstrong has hit Australia, with former Olympian Matthew White accused of using drugs.

Armstrong has lost his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned from the sport for life after being accused of being at the centre of an elaborate doping conspiracy.

White, a two-time Olympian, rode with Armstrong in the US Postal team from 2001 to 2003 and is now the head sports director for the Australian cycling team GreenEDGE.

In the , White was named by disgraced rider Floyd Landis for taking the blood booster EPO and testosterone.

Meanwhile, the man who managed Armstrong during his Tour de France wins has left his current team.

RadioShack have announced that Johan Bruyneel will no longer act in the position of general manager, saying he cannot direct the professional cycling team in an efficient and comfortable way.

Four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara was considering his position with the RadioShack team with Bruyneel in charge.

And the race director of the Tour de France says the seven titles stripped from Armstrong should not be awarded to any other rider.

Christian Prudhomme says the sport during Armstrong's time was tainted by doping and the titles should not pass to another rider.

Questions raised

Questions are being raised also about why organisers of South Australia's Tour Down Under made an exception to drug testing rules for Armstrong in 2009.

Rules requiring athletes to submit to six months of out-of-competition testing should have ruled him out of the event but he was declared exempt.

Former Australian cyclist Patrick Jonker, who rode with Armstrong's at US Postal, has told Saturday AM the decision seemed reasonable at the time.

"The UCI would have looked at past blood test results and would have thought, well there was no anomalies here and he was tested for a period of time, give him the green light and start," he said.

"But of course in hindsight yes, would they have maybe reacted differently today? Yes."

South Australia's opposition finance spokesman Rob Lucas says the State Government needs to reveal just how much it paid Armstrong in appearance fees.

"If that's the case then it just adds weight to the argument that in terms of transparency and accountability then the Labor Government in South Australia has to now come clean and indicate what the total cost to taxpayers has been," he said.

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