When The Cycling Podcast invited Matt White to London to join Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie for lunch we asked him what he’d like to eat. White is from the Sydney suburbs but lives for most of the year in Spain, not far from Valencia, where he says its hard to get good quality Asian-inspired food. As he said he’d like Asian cuisine a table was booked at Soho’s Chotto Matte, which specialises in a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.

In this, our second episode for 2018 Friends of the Podcast, White talks about his career as a rider, including an eye-opening account of his first grand tour, the 1998 Giro d’Italia, and his experiences of doping. He talks about the effects of living a double life, about confessing and why he had to wait until 2005 to ride his first Tour de France. As a sports director first with the Slipstream organisation and now with Orica-Scott (soon to become Mitchelton-Scott) he has become one of the most open and approachable people in the convoy of team cars, which is what made him such an engaging and entertaining lunch guest.

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