Matt White confirms he served a six-month ban over doping admission

Last Updated: 03/05/13 11:07am

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Matt White: Six-month ban for doping over and search for new role starting

Matt White: Six-month ban for doping over and search for new role starting

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Australian cyclist Matt White has confirmed he served a six-month suspension for his part in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The 39-year-old, who rode for Armstrong's US Postal team from 2001 to 2003, said the suspension was communicated to him last week by the Australian Anti-Doping Authority.

White, who retired from the peloton in 2007, left his role as team director of Orica GreenEDGE as well as a part-time position within Cycling Australia after his doping admission.

The ban started last October and has now expired and White hopes to return to the sport in some capacity, although the Australian Olympic Committee has already said he will never be part of their set-up again.

"There is no doubt that if I could have my time again I would never have engaged in the culture that was both accepted and expected of professional riders during my racing career," White said in a statement.

"In saying that I accept full responsibility for my actions and there is no one to blame but myself for the decisions I made as an athlete in the past.

"I would like to apologise to my family, friends and all those associated with the sport of cycling for my use of prohibited substances during my racing career.

"I hope that I can repay the faith and trust showed to me in the past by leading the ongoing fight for a clean sport in the future."

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