Goss uneasy about White departure

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Matt White (second from right) celebrates Simon Gerrans' Tour Down Under win with the Orica-GreenEDGE team (Getty Images)

Orica-GreenEDGE rider Matt Goss says he's not convinced by the treatment of former director sportif Matt White, who he says, always served the team well while at the Australian WorldTour squad.

I think they are the anti-doping crusaders of today. They realise they don't want people to make mistakes or be pressured into doing the things they had to do.

White was sacked from Orica-GreenEDGE and lost his job as Cycling Australia's Elite Men's Road Co-ordinator after confessing to doping while a member of the US Postal outfit.

White was a director at Orica-GreenEDGE this year, and was also integral to setting the team up. Goss said his former boss had always been ethical.

"He's been absolutely spot on," Goss said.

Goss can see reasons for having former dopers remain in the sport, but acknowledges it is an extremely sensitive topic.

"I don't think any of these guys who have done whatever they may have done in the past are pushing any of this on anyone else," Goss said.

"I think they are the anti-doping crusaders of today.

"They realise they don't want people to make mistakes or be pressured into doing the things they had to do.

"It is a difficult one. You're sitting on the fence ... it's a really tricky one."

Goss and team-mate Simon Clarke praised White, saying he had been a crucial member of the team's support staff.

"Internally, it's a really big hit for GreenEDGE," Clarke said.

Current British rider David Millar and Garmin-Sharp director Jonathan Vaughters are two of the sport's most vocal anti-doping campaigners, both former dopers.

Millar was busted for doping in 2004, and Vaughters confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs as part of the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and others.

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