Armstrong and Catlin drop anti-doping programme

Lance Armstrong comeback

Remember the fanfare back in September, when Lance Armstrong sat alongside the renowned anti-doping expert Don Catlin at his comeback press conferences? Armstrong was, in effect, saying ?This man is going to demonstrate I?m racing clean?.

It was one of the cornerstones of Armstrong?s comeback, and a huge PR move to reassure those who had doubts about him. Catlin would have as much access as he needed, Armstrong would submit to whatever tested the anti-doping guru thought relevant, and all the results would be subjected to scrutiny. The transparency sounded great.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.