Team Columbia and Team Garmin-Chipotle are hiring the Anti-Doping Sciences Institute, run by well-known anti-doping researcher Don Catlin, to provide independent testing program for the teams next season, the teams announced Monday.
ADSI also will be testing Lance Armstrong next year.
The ADSI program takes over from ACE, a company that had been doing testing for Columbia, Garmin-Chipotle and Team BMC before shutting down last month.
Columbia’s owner Bob Stapleton said Catlin’s program complements the UCI’s biological passport program.
“Make no mistake about it. We take our anti-doping efforts very seriously,” Stapleton said. “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.”
A Garmin team release said ADSI will provide “an intense focus on EPO and related substances as well as continued focus on longitudinal profiling of blood and steroid levels.”
“When we began our anti-doping program in 2007, we wanted to help turn the tide in professional cycling,” said Jonathan Vaughters, Team Garmin-Slipstream’s director. “We wanted other professional athletes and teams to put their resources and efforts into the fight against doping. It worked. In 2009, we’re on a mission to continue what we started. With partners like ADSI and Don Catlin, we aim to continue to foster the ideals of fair sport.”