Inquiry Into Doping May Not Be Fully Open To Public

The management of Orica-GreenEDGE is yet to finalize whether they will publicize the findings of an independent review that was being conducted into the Australian team’s anti-doping program and procedures.

Shayne Bannan, the general manager of the team, hopes to have a better idea of the team’s position in the issue after he received an update from anti-doping expert Nicki Vance, who was commissioned to conduct the probe.

The review was called by Orica-GreenEDGE last November in the aftermath of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) findings into disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been banned for life for doping.

A former teammate of Armstrong on the US Postal Services team, Matt White, was named as a drug user in the 200-page ‘reasoned decision’, released by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to the public on the internet last October. Thereafter, White confessed to doping and then stood down as sports director of Orica-GreenEDGE and was sacked by the team soon after. White’s career is now hinging on a verdict from Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) that is also carrying out a probe into Australia cycling. However, it is still not known if ASADA investigation into White’s hearing and cycling will be made public.

Bannan, however, believes the Vance inquiry, however, may be near an end and remarked that has been well under way for a while and it is getting close to the finishing stages. The Orica-GreenEDGE team’s general manager added that he is expecting an update from Nicki very soon and we will have more of an indication [then] when the report is finalized. He also remarkable that he cannot say as of now if the Vance findings would be released to the public by the team and said he thinks we will just see what the recommendations are and also added that there will be certain aspects we would make public and we will just wait and see what those recommendations are.

Meanwhile, Vance confirmed she is close to finishing her review and planning to brief Bannan on her report. Vance remarked she is expecting to speak with Shayne with an update and regarding the required mode [form] of the report and getting close to finishing and she assumes that it will then take a little time for them to read the report and then to decide what will or won’t be made public.

In another development, the Swiss IAM team of Australian Heinrich Haussler has missed out on one of the last of 22 berths for the Tour de France, starting on June 29 as organizers, Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), gave the three wild cards to the French Europcar, Cofidis, and Sojasun teams. The IAM team’s founder and owner, Michel Th├ętaz, in a statement on the team’s website remarked we have not managed to catch enough interest from the ASO despite our belief in ourselves and desire to succeed but we respect their decision and will redouble our efforts to be included in the line-up in the coming seasons.

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