Remember when Lance Armstrong announced his comeback, back in September, and indicated that Don Catlin would be doing a lot of testing and posting results and how visible everything was going to be?

Well, today I came across this article on Bikeradar.com; from the same people that bring us Cyclingews.com and ProCycling magazine:

Armstrong’s Anti-doping Testing Programme Pending – BikeRadar

Lance Armstrong’s personal anti-doping controls with expert Don Catlin have not yet started. The American and seven-time Tour de France champion expects to have the programme in place with the results online by the time he starts the Tour Down Under in January.

“It’s a tough thing to organize, but we will make it happen. All the stuff we said we were going to do will happen,” Armstrong said in an interview with the Associated Press this weekend.

When he announced in September that he would ride for Team Astana in the coming season, Armstrong said that Doctor Don Catlin would run a personal programme for him. Catlin founded the University of California, Los Angeles, anti-doping laboratory and is now CEO of Anti-Doping Research Inc. The cyclist explained that he would be available “whenever and wherever” for testing purposes and that Catlin would post all results the internet.

Catlin acknowledged that he has not yet tested Armstrong and that there is not yet any signed agreement to place the results online. “We’re interested in getting it going,” Catlin said. “We have been chatting and are in negotiations.”

According to Armstrong, he only received the testing proposal two weeks ago, and it has been difficult to find the time to organise all the planning and testing. “We’re working as quickly as we can to get everyone coordinated, but it’s not that simple,” Catlin said.

“The programme we want to do is going to be intensive. And he’s a moving target. He’s very busy. Keeping up with him, testing him, takes a lot of planning and it hasn’t all come together yet.”

Now, the folks at WADA, USADA, and the UCI are testing Armstrong like crazy. Since he announced his return to the pro peloton at the end of September, he has had 11 out-of-competition anti-doping controls as of today.

How do I know this? Well, Lance Armstrong is a Twitter user, albeit one of those who does NOT follow anyone else, and one who seems to ignore any tweets that are directed to him.

This afternoon, he posted the following tweet:

“Driving back from the shop after riding 4 hours. I hear the drug testers are waiting at the house. #11”

Other tweets indicated that this was a UCI control, and they tested both blood and urine, rather than just the usual pee test.

I’ve been asking Lance when he’s going to start publishing the Catlin numbers online, and have been completely ignored (albeit not surprisingly) … but at least now I know why I haven’t seen any yet; he hasn’t actually been TESTED by Catlin yet.

Somehow, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t come to terms and the testing and transparency protocol falls completely apart, although I hope I’m wrong.

I’d like to see if Lance still has it himself to do well at major races like the Tour de France and/or the Giro d’Italia. I’d like to see him do it clean. It would at least give some credence to his claims that he raced clean during all of his Tour de France wins; a claim that most of us are fairly skeptical about, I would guess.

Love Lance or hate Lance, but he’s got charisma … it’s hard not to follow what he’s doing.