White has stepped down from dual roles as a national selector and as sports director for road team Orica-GreenEdge.
He released a statement from his personal email talking of his time in Armstrong’s US Postal Team:
“I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team’s strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy.
“My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope.”
This comes after the CEO of US anti-doping agency USADA, Travis T. Tygart released a statement on October 10 saying:
“The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
See the full statement here.
If you would also like to have a read of USADA’s ‘Reasoned Decision, download here.
As you’ve no doubt heard, Lance Armstrong has been banned from professional cycling for life – a result of USADA’s findings.
Initial allegations of White’s involvement surfaced when former US Postal teammate and disgraced Tour winner Flloyd Landis testified in front of USADA.
Landis said that he and White had shared testosterone and EPO in 2003.
Let’s compare White’s admission at the weekend with something he wrote on the Orica-GreenEdge website earlier this year, just after the team made podium but lost out on a Tour de France stage win to world champ Mark Cavendish:
“As another Tour de France comes to a close, I marvel at what we have built here. Our main strength comes from our connection to one another. This is a very tight group. Regardless of results or whatever disappointments might have happened on any given day, the morale, dedication and focus did not waver. I have been involved with many teams in the past, and that’s something I have rarely seen”
Some hubris hey…
To start the discussion – what do we think of Cycling Australia Chief Klaus Mueller coming out on Friday and saying that doping in sport should be criminalised?
Here is a news report from Eurosport on that announcement.