15 Oct 2012

Aussie cycling considers drug amnesty

8:57 am on 15 October 2012

Cycling Australia is considering an amnesty to reveal just how clean Australian riders were during the Lance Armstrong doping era in light of one the most influential figures in Australian cycling, admitting to being involved in doping during his career.

Matt White was outed in the American documents that revealed Armstrong as a drug cheat and has stood down from his positions at Cycling Australia and the Australian professional road team Orica-GreenEDGE.

But the question now is whether other Australians were doping during an era in which one leading rider and drug cheat, American Tyler Hamilton, says 80 per cent of the peloton were doping to some degree.

The Cycling Australia president Klaus Mueller admits an amnesty must be considered to reveal whether White's confession is just the tip of the iceberg.

Mueller admits his organisation could have made more thorough checks before appointing White, whose future in his two key roles will be discussed at a board meeting this week.