Matt White (cyclist)
|Full name||Matthew White|
22 February 1974 |
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (180 lb)|
|Discipline||Road and track|
|Amore & Vita-ForzArcore
|Infobox last updated on
11 December 2011
Matthew ("Matt") White (born 22 February 1974 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional road racing cyclist and former sporting director who worked for GreenEDGE and Garmin-Cervélo. His most notable results are winning a stage of the 1999 Tour de Suisse and another stage victory at the 2005 Tour Down Under. He mainly worked as a domestique throughout his career, sacrificing personal ambitions to help his leader.
White started competitive cycling at age 14. Like so many other Australian professional riders he started his career on the track under Charlie Walsh, competing in the Junior World Championship in Athens. In 1994 he attended the Commonwealth Games in Victoria Canada, his fourth spot in the Team Time Trial was taken by soon to be retired Phil Anderson but he did compete in & finish the road race. Turning professional in 1996 at age 22 with the Giant-Australian Institute of Sport team under the GIANT-A.I.S. Sports Director and Australian National Coach, German born Heiko Salzwedel. During this period the team's European headquarters were based in Cottbus, Germany.
After 2 years with the Australian GIANT-AIS Cycling Team, White then went through Italian teams Amore & Vita-ForzArcore (1998) and Vini Caldirola (1999) before finding himself on the US Postal Service team from 2001 through to 2003. In this period White was not selected to ride the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong but did ride the 2003 Vuelta a España in support of Roberto Heras. In 2004, Matthew moved to the French Cofidis team to join fellow Australian Stuart O'Grady.
He was selected in the Cofidis team to ride the 2004 Tour de France, but did not make the start line after falling and breaking his collar bone just hours prior to the start while warming up. Much to his relief he was selected again in 2005 and made it to the start. In 2005 he won stage 4 at the Tour Down Under, besting fellow Aussie Robbie McEwen to the sprint after their escape group of six riders succeeded.
In 2012, as head of Australia's cycling team, Orica-GreenEDGE, Matt White admitted that during his competitive career he used performance-enhancing drugs while on the US Postal squad, where doping formed part of the team's strategy and said "I too was involved in that strategy". He stood down from his role with Orica-GreenEDGE on 13 October 2012. Despite his involvement in doping Orica-GreenEDGE announced on 11 June 2013 that it was reinstating Matt White as their sports director.
On 17 October 2012 Matt White was sacked as a national coach by Cycling Australia due to his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
- 3rd World U19 Team Pursuit Championship
- 2nd Overall Tour de Beauce (CAN)
- 3rd Overall Tour of Wellington (NZL)
- 1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Wellington (NZL)
- 2nd Stage 3 Hessen Rundfahrt (GER)
- 2nd Overall Giro del Capo (RSA)
- 2nd Hennesee Rundfahrt (GER)
- "How to build a cycling team". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
- Garmin-Cervelo dismiss Matt White
- "White's work rewarded with win". CyclingNews (Future Publishing Limited). 21 January 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Matt White Interview 2003 Vuelta
- Ron Reed (13 October 2013). "The career of disgraced Orica-GreenEDGE director Matt White explained". News.com.au (News Limited.). Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Jane Saville's personal site
- "White admits to doping with Armstrong team". The Melbourne Age. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- John MacLeary (17 October 2012). "Lance Armstrong's former US Postal team-mate Matt White sacked by Cycling Australia after doping report". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 1 February 2013.