Matt White (cyclist)

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Matt White
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Personal information
Full nameMatthew White
Born (1974-02-22) 22 February 1974 (age 47)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Team information
Current team Team BikeExchange
Discipline Road and track
Role Sporting Director
Professional teams
19961997 Giant-Australian Institute of Sport
1998 Amore & Vita–ForzArcore
19992000 Vini Caldirola
20012003 U.S. Postal Service
20042005 Cofidis
20062007 Discovery Channel
Managerial teams
2008-2010 Slipstream–Chipotle
2012- Orica–Scott

Matthew "Matt" White (born 22 February 1974 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional road racing cyclist. Currently White is working as a sporting director for Team BikeExchange. [1] White has also worked as a sporting director for Garmin–Cervélo but was let go because of doping offenses during his racing career. [2] His most notable results are winning a stage of the 1999 Tour de Suisse and another stage victory at the 2005 Tour Down Under. He mainly worked as a domestique throughout his career, sacrificing personal ambitions to help his leader. [3]



White started competitive cycling at age 14. Like so many other Australian professional riders he started his career on the track under Charlie Walsh, competing in the Junior World Championship in Athens. In 1994, he attended the Commonwealth Games in Victoria Canada, his fourth spot in the Team Time Trial was taken by soon to be retired Phil Anderson but he did compete in & finish the road race. Turning professional in 1996 at age 22 with the Giant-Australian Institute of Sport team under the GIANT-A.I.S. Sports Director and Australian National Coach, German born Heiko Salzwedel. During this period the team's European headquarters were in Cottbus, Germany.

After 2 years with the Australian GIANT-AIS Cycling Team, White then went through Italian teams Amore & Vita–ForzArcore (1998) and Vini Caldirola (1999) before finding himself on the US Postal Service team from 2001 through to 2003. In this period White was not selected to ride the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong but did ride the 2003 Vuelta a España in support of Roberto Heras. [4] In 2004, Matthew moved to the French Cofidis team to join fellow Australian Stuart O'Grady.

He was selected in the Cofidis team to ride the 2004 Tour de France, but did not make the start line after falling and breaking his collar bone just hours prior to the start while warming up. [5] Much to his relief he was selected again in 2005 and made it to the start. In 2005, he won stage 4 at the Tour Down Under, besting fellow Aussie Robbie McEwen to the sprint after their escape group of six riders succeeded. [3]

White also coached his wife, Jane Saville, to a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 20 km race walk. [6] The couple split their time between Sydney and Olivia, Spain.

In 2012, as head of Australia's cycling team, Orica-GreenEDGE, Matt White admitted that during his competitive career he used performance-enhancing drugs while on the U.S. Postal Service squad, where doping formed part of the team's strategy and said "I too was involved in that strategy". He stood down from his role with Orica-GreenEDGE on 13 October 2012. [7] On 17 October 2012 Matt White was sacked as a national coach by Cycling Australia due to his use of performance-enhancing drugs. [8] Despite his involvement in doping Orica-GreenEDGE announced on 11 June 2013 that it was reinstating Matt White as their sports director.

Major results

3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World U19 Team Pursuit Championship
2nd Overall Tour de Beauce (CAN)
3rd Overall Tour of Wellington (NZL)
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Wellington (NZL)
2nd Stage 3 Hessen Rundfahrt (GER)
2nd Overall Giro del Capo (RSA)
2nd Hennesee Rundfahrt (GER)
1st Joseph Sunde Memorial
1st Stage 6 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 1 TTT Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Noosa International Criterium
1st 1st South Bank GP
1st Stage 4 Tour Down Under
1st Cronulla International Grand Prix

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