Cycling: Oz chief was drug cheat


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The man who masterminded Australia's road-race team at the 2012 London Olympics quit yesterday as the net widened on Lance Armstrong's former drug cronies.

Matt White, who rode with Armstrong at US Postal, admitted he took drugs at the team which has been at the centre of the Usada investigation. White resigned from his job as sports director of the Orica-Greenedge team and as co-ordinator of Cycling Australia's men's road-racing programme.

"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," said White, referring to his time at Postal. His resignation comes 24 hours after Armstrong's former team manager, Johan Bruyneel, quit as general manager with Radioshack.

White said: "I 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."

Another former Armstrong team-mate, Phil Anderson, said he now believed the Texan was guilty despite previously backing him.