In the wake of anti-doping expert Don Catlin parting ways with Lance Armstrong, word has come from the Armstrong camp that the seven-time winner of the Tour de France has enlisted Rasmus Damsgaard to oversee his testing program for 2009.
Detailed blood test results from seven International Cycling Union (UCI) and Damsgaard out-of-competition tests are now posted on www.livestrong.com.
“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 Rasmus Damsgaard, a renowned anti-doping expert who runs the Astana team’s internal testing program,” said Bill Stapleton, Armstrong’s long-time agent and lawyer.
Armstrong will continue to be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), UCI, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Requests have been made to USADA and WADA to release their results so they can be posted as well.
“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,” added Stapleton.
Lance’s current testing results
|Sample Date||Hemoglobin||Hematocrit (%)||OFF-score||Hb z-score||OFF z-score|
|Oct 6, 2008||15.5||43.7|
|Oct 16, 2008||14.3||39.3||83.3|
|Nov 26, 2008||15||42.8||87.6||0.7||0.27|
|Dec 3, 2008||14.4||41.9||89.3||-0.3||0.28|
|Dec 11, 2008||14.3||39.4||74.9||-0.3||-0.91|
|Dec 18, 2008||15.4||42.1||83.3||1.2||-0.04|
|Feb 4, 2009||15.2||45.8|