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Cycling Australia stands by Matt White

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Feb. 2, 2011

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Cycling Australia has today reconfirmed the appointment of Matt White as Professional Men’s Road Coordinator for the Cycling Australia High Performance Program.
CEO Graham Fredericks was last week directed by the board of Cycling Australia to investigate issues surrounding the termination of Mr White’s contract by the Garmin-Cervelo Cycling Team.

In his report to the board Mr Fredericks found no reason for Cycling Australia to reconsider the appointment of Mr White to the High Performance Program. 

”The board is satisfied that Mr White’s breach of Garmin-Cervelo Cycling Team policy was an error of judgement that he sincerely regrets but that it was nothing more than that ,” said Mr Fredericks. “Matt has learned a lesson, the hard way, from this and we are confident he is fully aware of and committed to the policies that must be adhered to when working with the national program.

”We look forward to working with him and believe he is a valuable addition to our team.”

White, 36, is a former professional cyclist who, during a 15 year career, represented Australia at World Championships, Olympic and Commonwealth Games.  He comes into HIgh Performance Program as Australia prepares for the 2011 UCI Road World Championships, being staged in Copenhagen in September and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Cycling Australia says Matt White can remain the men’s road coordinator for the country’s national team.

White was fired by Garmin-Cervelo earlier this year for allegedly violating team policy sending rider Trent Lowe to a doctor who was not a part of the team’s anti-doping program. Prior to that, he had accepted the part-time position with the national team, which did not conflict with his professional team responsibilities.

Cycling Australia’s board last week asked CEO Graham Fredericks to investigate White’s firing. The group announced Wednesday that it had “reconfirmed” White’s appointment.

“The board is satisfied that Mr. White’s breach of Garmin-Cervelo Cycling Team policy was an error of judgement that he sincerely regrets but that it was nothing more than that ,” said Mr. Fredericks in a CA statement. “Matt has learned a lesson, the hard way, from this and we are confident he is fully aware of and committed to the policies that must be adhered to when working with the national program.

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