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Armstrong's anti-doping test results pending publication

By:
Greg Johnson in Adelaide, Australia
Published:
January 22, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:04 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, January 22, 2009
Lance Armstrong (Astana)

Lance Armstrong (Astana)

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Just days after Ivan Basso published his anti-doping test results online, Lance Armstrong said he...

Just days after Ivan Basso published his anti-doping test results online, Lance Armstrong said he will publish his own test results as promised, but he declined to provide details about what and when.

"I mean, what do you publish?" Armstrong asked according to the Associated Press. "[Do] you start publishing blood values? After the race, I saw online that Ivan Basso is publishing his blood values and if you notice you'll see he's 45, 44, 43, 41.

"For example, and I'm just hypothetically saying, you go to [a high] altitude for a month and all of a sudden it goes to 46. Not everyone in this room is going to say 'it went from 41 to 46, you must have cheated' but someone is going to say, a few of you guys and gals are going to say, 'that's not normal'."

Out of concern about misinterpretation, Armstrong is reluctant to publish readings that might be affected by sickness, dehydration or altitude; however, he said "I would rely a lot on what Don Catlin wants to publish but we'll definitely publish data and information." Prior to the Tour Down Under, Armstrong announced the start of a personalised and independent anti-doping testing program by Don Catlin.

Armstrong has never tested positive for banned substances. Last fall, Basso finished serving a competition ban issued to him after he admitted to attempted doping in conjunction with Operación Puerto.

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