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Lance doctor denies doping scheme

ITALIAN doctor Michele Ferrari has denied accusations from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he masterminded a doping programme for American cyclist Lance Armstrong.

“THIS collaboration consisted exclusively of advice on training, saddle height adjustments, aerodynamic positioning, locations for training programs and competitions: NOTHING to do with doping,” Italian Ferrari wrote on his website.

USADA said it has evidence that Ferrari was behind an Armstrong |doping programme and last week |published testimony from riders which it said backed its case. Ferrari has said payments from Armstrong were for training advice only.

Both Ferrari and Armstrong have been banned for life after they decided they would not formally contest the USADA claims.

Today, the fall-out continues from the Armstrong affair as Cycling Australia have sacked men's professional co-ordinator and national coach Matt White following his admission to doping.

The CA board met yesterday to discuss the future of White, who was formally stood down from his post after confessing to doping while on Lance Armstrong's disgraced US Postal Service team between 2001 and 2003.

American rider Levi Leipheimer has been sacked by the Quick-Step Cycling Team after admitting he took banned substances as part of the USADA investigation.

The 38-year-old Leipheimer was one of 11 former team-mates of Armstrong to testify against the seven-times Tour de France winner. The team said in a statement: “We commend the rider for his open co-operation with USADA. However, in the light of the disclosures made by Mr Leipheimer, the team has decided to terminate the contract.”