France's National Anti-Doping Agency Offers to Retest Armstrong's '99 Samples

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10/1/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Lance Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong.

France's National Anti-Doping Agency Offers to Retest Armstrong's '99 Samples

Earlier today the new head of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) Pierre Bodry announced that the agency is offering to retest a number of urine samples collected from Lance Armstrong during the 1999 Tour de France.

This offer comes after Lance Armstrong late last month announced his comeback to pro cycling.

Both during and after his pro career as a cyclist, Lance Armstrong was accused of engaging in doping on several occasions. However, any wrongdoing has never been proven.

I am working with the man who has been the leader of the world anti-doping community for the past twenty-five years.  I approached Dr. Don Catlin in August and proposed to him that he should develop a comprehensive drug testing protocol, to test my blood and urine as often as he believes is appropriate, in order for him to determine categorically whether I have taken any performance-enhancing drugs.  As I have stated, I have given Dr. Catlin my permission to post all of my testing results on the internet.  Dr. Catlin is developing a protocol that will be available to other athletes who may want to subject themselves to such a rigorous drug testing regimen that Dr. Catlin or other leading anti-doping experts can determine whether they have used performance enhancing drugs."

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