Anti-doping chiefs urged to review Aussies
Cycling Australia has asked the national doping watchdog to study the US Anti-Doping Agency inquiry findings into Lance Armstrong and five former associates to determine if Allan Davis and Michael Rogers, or any other Australians, should be investigated.
The Cycling Australia board will also meet this week to determine what role, if any, former rider Matt White should have with the national program after he confessed on Saturday to doping while he was a teammate of Armstrong on the US Postal Service team from 2001-03.
After confessing, White stood down as Cycling Australia's professional men's road racing co-ordinator and as sports director of the Orica-GreenEDGE team.
While Davis and Rogers were both named, they have not been implicated in any way in the charges against Armstrong, whom USADA has banned for life and stripped of all his race results since August, 1998 - including seven Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005. Nor is there any suggestion either of them have used drugs.
Both have been subjected to previous inquiries and were cleared. However, it is possible they could be reinvestigated should the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority think this is warranted after reviewing USADA's findings in the Armstrong case.
Additionally, the Union Cycliste Internationale, which is yet to ratify the USADA findings, could rule their cases deserve a second review and instruct Cycling Australia who would pass the order on to ASADA.
Davis, a member of Orica-GreenEDGE, was named in the USADA report among riders connected to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in the 2006 Operation Puerto case while he was on the Spanish Liberty Seguros team.
He is also named on page 13 of appendix ''M'', which says ''Overview of Evidence in the Operacion Puerto Doping Investigation that explains his name as being ... on the 2005 Liberty Seguros team calendars seized from the Fuentes group, indicating competitions in which each riders would participate.
Additionally, there were handwritten notes implicating Allan Davis in doping based on his use of EPO, growth hormone and IGF-1.''
Davis, a 2010 world road title bronze medallist, was cleared in 2007 of any guilt by ASADA after it investigated his case. But Cycling Australia president Klaus Mueller said yesterday it could still be reopened should any new evidence come to the knowledge of ASADA, Cycling Australia or the UCI.
''With them [ASADA], it's always open. If they get information [and] subsequently it implicates people, then they will act on it,'' Mueller said.
Asked if ASADA could go back and look at Davis's case, Mueller said: ''Absolutely. As I understand it, he has certainly not been cleared for all time.''
Mueller said he did ''not particularly'' want Davis to be the subject of another inquiry, but added that ''generally, we would like ASADA to go through the evidence that has come out from the USADA inquiry and to then determine who needs to be [subjected to] an investigation''.
Rogers, meanwhile, was twice named in the USADA report in the affidavit of American cyclist Levi Leipheimer, another former teammate of Armstrong's.
Rogers, who now rides for the British Sky team, was named in reference to his attendance at separate training camps on Tenerife in the Canary Islands in May and June 2005 to prepare for the Tour under the guidance of Italian doctor Michele Ferrari, who USADA has banned for life.
Rogers last week denied ever being offered or using drugs by Ferrari, saying that he only enlisted the Italian only for training programs, but the Australian Capital Territory rider admitted that that link may well have ''tainted'' his reputation.
Mueller said he was confident that the outcome of the Cycling Australia inquiry into Rogers's association with Ferrari, after it was revealed during the 2006 Tour de France, was the correct one, and that a ASADA review into the USADA report would reinforce that.
''Mick, I thought, gave a pretty good response to that [association with Ferrari]. Mick has always come across, to me, as one of the good guys. I have got no reason to believe that was anything but the truth,'' Mueller said.
''His problem is, if you lie down with dogs you end up with fleas.
''I am not sure that I am terribly uncomfortable about the way we have dealt with Mick over the years.''
Sydney Morning Herald