Sec­ond job loss for White

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MATT White has been sacked as men’s road co- or­di­na­tor by Cy­cling Aus­tralia af­ter he ad­mit­ted to dop­ing dur­ing his time with Lance Arm­strong’s US Postal team.

White had al­ready stood down as Orica- GreenEDGE sports di­rec­tor and CA road co­or­di­na­tor last Satur­day.

CA agreed yes­ter­day that White’s po­si­tion was un­ten­able.

‘‘In that role (as elite men’s road co-or­di­na­tor, White) has made a sig­nif­i­cant, valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to our men’s na­tional teams, and at no time do we be­lieve his influence or ac­tions went against the best in­ter­ests of the sport,’’ the CA board said.

‘‘ How­ever, the ad­mis­sions con­tained within his pub­lic state­ment of Oc­to­ber 13 clearly place him in breach of the CA anti-dop­ing pol­icy and code of con­duct.

‘‘Ac­cord­ingly, the board has de­ter­mined that his on­go­ing em­ploy­ment with CA is un­ten­able, and Matt was for­mally ad­vised overnight of the ter­mi­na­tion of his con­tract.’’

Mean­while, coaches, train­ers and sup­port staff could be asked if they have ever taken drugs be­fore they land a job with Aus­tralia’s top cy­clists.

CAwarned that it had not ruled out grilling po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees over dop­ing dur­ing in­ter­views.

CA pres­i­dent Klaus Mueller said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would re­dou­ble its ef­forts to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the sport.

Mueller ad­mit­ted White had never been asked about dop­ing.

‘‘We did not ask that ques­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘We as­sumed, as we do with other em­ploy­ees, that un­less we have ev­i­dence to the con­trary, there is a sim­ple as­sump­tion of in­no­cence. That’s an as­sump­tion most em­ploy­ers make when en­gag­ing with em­ploy­ees.’’

Mueller said CA would wait on ad­vice from the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion re­gard­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate line of ques­tion­ing for em­ploy­ees in the fu­ture.

‘‘ If that is an ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tion to ask and we don’t breach em­ploy­ment laws in do­ing so, then I would have thought it’s a proper ques­tion to ask,’’ he said.

CRASH­ING OUT: Dis­graced for­mer cy­clist Matt White.

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