Astana Announces Anti-Doping Program
Team and Lance Armstrong Announce Details of Independent, State-of-the-Art Drug
Testing Program by Don Catlin's Anti-Doping Sciences Institute, Inc..
Comprehensive in and out of competition testing underway.
The Astana Professional Cycling Team and seven-time Tour de
France winner Lance Armstrong today announced the launch of a new, comprehensive
drug testing program for Lance Armstrong. For the past four months, Dr. Don
Catlin, the Chief Science Officer of Anti-Doping Sciences Institute, Inc. and
one of the leading international anti-doping experts, has been developing a
customized program to test Lance Armstrong throughout the 2009 cycling
competition season for the use of performance enhancing substances and methods.
The program calls for testing about once every three days.
The new program’s testing is in addition to all the other drug testing to
which Lance Armstrong is subject, including out-of-competition testing by the
World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”), the Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”),
the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”), in-competition testing at all of
the events in which Lance will compete in 2009, and Astana’s additional testing
of all members of the Astana team.
The program has been launched, sample collection has commenced, and Dr.
Catlin will issue reports on an on-going basis about the program results. Since
his comeback announcement a few months ago, Armstrong has been tested 12 times
in out-of-competition testing in addition to testing in the Astana program and
the new ADSI program.
Johan Bruyneel, Astana General Manager,
explained, “Our goal was to have Dr. Catlin develop a state-of-the-art program
to subject Lance Armstrong to more testing than any other athlete in history, to
establish whether his performance has been aided by the use of
performance-enhancing drugs. Don Catlin has done that, and now we can leave
those issues to the drug testers and focus on competitive success for Astana in
the Tour of Australia and the rest of the 2009 season.”
According to Lance Armstrong, “My goal in
agreeing to participate in this program is to reduce speculation and debate
about drug testing issues that might divert attention away from what my cycling
comeback is all about – our global cancer campaign. I am riding in 2009 to help
end the stigma of cancer, build a grassroots movement about worldwide cancer
collaboration, and make cancer a worldwide priority.”
According to Dr. Don Catlin, “We have
developed an extensive monitoring program. It accomplishes my goals:
1. To have high frequency testing to maximize the amount of data collected
and minimize possibilities the athlete might have to thwart the system,
2. To store frozen samples for two to eight years to give ADSI the ability to
perform new or additional tests, and
3. To be independent and offer program transparency to the public and
international anti-doping authorities.
Adelaide, Australia January 17, 2009
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