Goss at ease with review of team doping protocols

CHERASCO: Matt Goss has welcomed the handing down of the report on an independent review of his Orica-GreenEDGE team’s anti-doping processes.
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He also said he found assisting the investigation was no different to undergoing a dope test, except ”they just see less of your body”.

”I’ve always been on teams with anti-doping systems. You are always under scrutiny. We are always being tested. Answering a few questions is no different to doing a [drug] test I guess … they just see less of your body,” Goss said before Friday’s 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia from Busseto to Cherasco.

Asked about the report soon after its release in Australia on Friday, Goss said he had yet to absorb all the report’s findings submitted by anti-doping consultant Nicki Vance, who was commissioned by the Australian team late last year to carry out the inquiry.

It was launched after the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s findings in the case involving Lance Armstrong, who has been banned for life, and included evidence from former Orica-GreenEDGE head sports director Matt White, who admitted to doping as a rider. White lost his job with Orica-GreenEDGE, and with Cycling Australia as the national men’s road team coach. Recently, White revealed that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority had handed him a six-month retroactive ban dating from October 13. With the ban having expired on April 13, he is free to resume work in the sport, although his future at Orica-GreenEDGE hinged on the Vance report.

Vance’s findings recommended he be reinstated to his position on the team, while also recommending that sport director Neil Stephens be kept on and not be penalised for his involvement as a rider in the 1998 Festina doping scandal.

As part of her probe, Vance interviewed all Orica-GreenEDGE’s riders, staff and management. Although, how many of her recommendations are actually implemented depends on a meeting between her and team owner Gerry Ryan and general manager Shayne Bannan in Australia next week.

Goss is focused on trying to win a stage at this Giro, despite again missing out on the action in Friday’s 13th stage won British sprinter Mark Cavendish (Sky) from Italian Giacommo Nizzoli (Canndondae), Slovenian Luka Mezgec (Argos) and Australian Brett Lancaster (Sky).

But Goss knows with his recovery from a virus incomplete, and the Giro to finish in Brescia next Sunday, there are really only two more chances left for him – stage 17, 214km from Carravagio to Vicenza, and stage 21 from Riese Pios X to Brescia over 197km on Sunday.

”I’m not feeling that great, but I’m getting through. I’ve been sick since the start of the race,” Goss said after finishing 167th at 16 minutes 32 seconds to the first group.

”I wasn’t too bad, but then three days ago, I just blew up and buckled. And the last few days I have been on antibiotics, just trying to get rid of it so I was better before here [stage 13]. I was really fatigued in the muscles when I wanted to go [for the sprint].

”I feel I’m getting better. I just have to wait for my body to recover a little bit. There are two more stages in the last week that can be opportunities.”

Watch stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia – 150km from Cesana Torinese to Col du Galibier – live on Eurosport, Ch 511 Foxtel from 10.30pm on Sunday, or on SBS 2 from 10.45pm. Rupert Guinness is covering the Giro d’Italia as a guest of Eurosport.

Twitter: @rupertguinness

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