Lance Armstrong Switches Anti-Doping Testing Partner
Substitutes Catlin for Damsgaard.
"After a thorough review of the efficiency of a separate testing program the decision has been made to transfer the comprehensive program we had planned to do with Don Catlin to Ramsus Damsgaard, a renowned [Danish] anti-doping expert who runs the Astana team’s internal testing program," Armstrong's long-time agent and lawyer Bill Stapleton told Roadcycling.com.
“Lance is the most tested athlete in sports history and he is certainly the most tested cyclist in the world since his return to the sport last year evidenced by no fewer than 16 unannounced out-of-competition tests since August all over the world. We will continue to do everything we can do to ensure transparency and honesty in his testing results.”
"We have the utmost respect for Don and all he is doing in the fight against doping in sport but we faced a myriad of problems relating to administration, coordination and cost," Stapleton added.
Armstrong will continue to be tested by USADA, UCI, and WADA. Detailed blood test results from seven UCI and Damsgaard out-of-competition tests have now been published. A spokesperson from Team Astana told Roadcycling.com that requests have been made to USADA and WADA to release their results so they can be published as well.