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Revelation, resignation by Aussie cycling official

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Former cyclist Matt White has quit as team director of Australian pro cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE after admitting his involvement in doping while riding with Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team.

White also resigned his roles as Cycling Australia's professional men's road co-ordinator and team selector.

His admission followed revelations by Australia's Fairfax Media that White was the anonymous "Rider 9" mentioned in a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency affidavit from former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis regarding performance-enhancing drug use.

GreenEDGE expressed its support for White, but he later released a statement saying, "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... I am sorry for the people I have let down because of the personal choice I made at that time, but I have endeavoured to educate and guide the current stars and to ensure that future generations never have to deal with the pressures that existed in the past."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 14, 2012 B13

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