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Garmin-Cervelo team sack sporting director Matt White

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Garmin-Cervelo pride themselves on their anti-doping policies

Garmin-Cervelo have dismissed sporting director Matt White over an alleged breach of their anti-doping rules.

The announcement was made on the day that Garmin-Cervelo rider Cameron Meyer sealed victory in the Tour Down Under.

Parent company Slipstream Sports claim that White had referred a rider to an outside doctor without team approval.

Chief executive Jonathan Vaughters said: "We live by the standards we have set for ourselves. We cannot allow this vital team rule to be broken."

In a statement, Slipstream said: "It has come to the attention of the board of directors that in April 2009, Matt White referred former rider, Trent Lowe, to the Sports Institute of Valencia to Dr Luis Garcia del Moral.

We want to make it clear that we are parting ways for one reason and one reason only: because this vital team rule was broken"

Slipstream statement

"Slipstream Sports has an explicit internal policy that all medical referrals are approved by our medical staff.

"In this instance, this vital rule was broken. As a result, the board of directors has dismissed Matt White."

Del Moral was doctor for Lance Armstrong's US Postal team in the 1990s.

The seven-time Tour de France winner has been competing in Australia against the backdrop of a United States federal investigation triggered by former team-mate Floyd Landis's allegations that Armstrong, and other riders, used performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong, 39, who is nearing retirement, has never tested positive for banned substances and has consistently denied doping claims made against him.

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Del Moral has described the allegations made by Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title after failing a drugs test, as "ridiculous" and "crazy".

White has been linked with Shayne Bannan's new Australian team, GreenEdge, with Meyer among the Garmin-Cervelo riders thought likely to switch.

However, Slipstream insisted the referral of Lowe to Del Moral was the only reason for his departure.

The statement added: "We want to make it clear that we are parting ways for one reason and one reason only: because this vital team rule was broken."

Vaughters will step in as interim director of competition for Garmin-Cervelo whose ranks also include Britain's David Millar and world road champion Thor Hushovd.



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