Team Columbia participates in comprehensive new ANTI-doping
New Program with Anti-Doping Sciences Institute Promises an Intense Focus
High Road Sports Inc., owner and operator of Team Columbia announces participation
in a new program run by the Anti-Doping Sciences Institute (ADSI). Designed
by leading anti-doping expert Don Catlin, the new independent testing program
will build upon the comprehensive testing conducted on the team’s athletes
in 2008 and complements the UCI’s Biological Passport program.
“Make no mistake about it. We take our anti-doping efforts very seriously,”
says Team Owner Bob Stapleton. “Don Catlin is passionate about uncovering
cheats and supporting athletes that compete by fair means. We have been discussing
this potential with Don for over a year and ADSI’s new program will be
the perfect continuation of what we have embarked on as a team since our introduction
to the ProTour in 2007.”
The program will use data from samples collected by ADSI during 2009, and will
incorporate data from the UCI and build on the athlete profiles established
over the last year and a half. A combination of urine and blood testing will
be used to: expand and deepen the scope of testing for EPO, CERA and other related
drugs; identify steroids and other drugs that may be in a sample; and continue
to develop longitudinal profiles for blood markers and steroid levels. Analytical
work will be performed by Anti-Doping Research, under contract to ADSI, as well
as other labs selected by ADSI. Combined with the UCI Biological Passport, the
expectation is that athletes from Team Columbia will have 600 samples taken
during the season. Test results from ADSI’s program will be made available
to the UCI and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
“We continue to give our riders every chance of success, and we constantly
seek the best tools and technology available to do so,” continues Stapleton.
“Our partnership with Don Catlin and our collaborative effort with Team
Garmin-Slipstream is a perfect example. We may be competitors on the road, but
we strongly believe that by working together, we can continue to help create
change in the sport.
“Our common goals are to reinforce team values, ensure proper conduct and
respect personal commitment to the team. This essential trust between teammates
and management is a vital part of the team’s success. We succeed as a team
Dr. Catlin, widely considered one of the fathers of drug testing in sport, founded
the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory and served as its director for 25 years
until his retirement from UCLA in 2007. He has overseen drug testing at every
level of sport, including Olympic, professional and collegiate, and he and his
team is responsible for pioneering many of the drug identification techniques
currently in use. He was central to the BALCO case, when in 2003 he succeeded
in identifying and developing a test for the illegal testosterone product THG,
exposing many athletes in the process. Catlin has frequently served as an expert
witness in numerous legal proceedings.
ADSI was established as a drug testing and consulting company in 2004 by Dr.
Catlin and his son Oliver, in efforts to ensure an outlet for Dr. Catlin’s
unique vision and approach to drug testing for the long term future. In 2005
he and his colleagues founded the non-profit Anti-Doping Research, Inc. (ADR)
with a focus on research and method development, providing various elements
of the anti-doping community with analytical services, educating the public
on anti-doping and related issues, fostering collaboration in the field, and
considering new concepts and approaches to anti-doping.
“I have been involved in doping control for decades,” says Catlin.
“When I developed the first anti-doping laboratory in the United States
at UCLA in 1982, my hope was to prevent doping in sports and to work with teams
and athletes who shared that hope. Team Columbia HighRoad and Garmin-Slipstream
have proven that they do. I’m thrilled to be able to work with them.”
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