ORICA-GREENEDGE (OGE) director Matt White has been dismissed by the Australian cycling team, after he admitted to doping during his racing career.
White, formerly professional men's co-ordinator with Cycling Australia, confessed to doping following the release of evidence in the Lance Armstrong doping case.
White was mentioned in the report and he confessed to doping while riding for Armstrong's US Postal team between 2001 and 2003. OGE owner Gerry Ryan issued a statement on the team's official website which read: "OGE is a clean team and our commitment to being clean has been a foundation principle of the team since the day of its inception.
"To maintain public confidence in our strict adherence to this principle, OGE has appointed an eminent and independent external expert to audit the rigour and effectiveness of the team's anti-doping policies and procedures.
"Professional cycling is at a crossroads. The future of the sport is being determined by what we do today.
"OGE will not step back from taking any necessary decision to protect the integrity of the sport and the team and to restore the confidence of cycling fans around the world.
"It's time to put our values to work. OGE believes a hardline approach is an essential pre-requisite to continue in the sport with credibility."
White lost his part-time job as men's professional road co-ordinator with Cycling Australia two weeks ago.