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Comprehensive Anti-Doping protocols announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California

Comprehensive Anti-Doping protocols
announced for 2011 Amgen Tour of California


LOS ANGELES (February 2, 2011) – AEG and Amgen, together with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), announced today their continued commitment to clean athletes and fair competition with the planned implementation of the most comprehensive anti-doping program in the history of the Amgen Tour of California. The 2011 Tour’s anti-doping program builds upon the event’s previous anti-doping protocols and represents an expanded effort in all elements. This year’s program will include the following components:

Pre-race testing

  • Pre-race testing will begin February 15, 2011. All race participants may be subject to no-advance notice sample collections during this 90-day period leading up to the start of the race.
  • International riders will be subject to no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing prior to competition in accordance with their international federation and national anti-doping organization testing pools.

In-competition testing

  • Testing will be conducted throughout the Amgen Tour of California in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code in-competition criteria. This will include daily doping controls following a strategic test distribution plan.

Testing protocol

  • All riders will be subject to either urine or blood collections, or both.
  • Samples will be screened for substances and methods included on the WADA Prohibited List, such as steroids, hormones (e.g. EPO), stimulants and various masking agents. For a full list of the substances and methods listed on the WADA Prohibited List please visit, www.usada.org/prohibited-list/.
  • Targeted samples will be subject to special analysis, such as the CIR test for synthetic testosterone and tests for CERA and hGH.

Sample Storage

  • All samples collected will be subject to the USADA sample storage and re-testing policy.

Whereabouts requirements

  • All participants must be in a registered testing pool during the 90-day lead-up to the race, including the provision of whereabouts information, informing and updating as to details of their whereabouts so they may be located for testing at any location and at any time, without advance notice.

Education

  • Athletes who are not already in a registered testing pool will be required to take mandatory education programming, including comprehensive information on the anti-doping rules and responsibilities, as well as information on the merits and benefits of clean competition.
  • Additional education programming opportunities will be made accessible to all riders, teams and support personnel during the 90-day race lead-up to ensure maximum understanding of the specific anti-doping rules.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our progress with our partners at USADA and Amgen. We are committed to ensuring that the Amgen Tour of California is a clean race. It is our intention to be a positive force in the sport of cycling, and fighting to ensure that our race is clean is an essential step,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports.

“We applaud the Amgen Tour of California for pursuing an independent program in an effort to employ stringent anti-doping standards for this event,” said USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart.  “With this continuing expansion of their anti-doping plan, the Tour is taking great strides in supporting clean athletes and actively advancing efforts for the integrity of competition.”

“We commend AEG and USADA for their role in setting the most comprehensive anti-doping standards for the Amgen Tour of California. Doping of any kind is unethical, unsportsmanlike and potentially very unsafe. It has no place in any sport,” said Amgen scientific executive director Steve Elliott. “As a sponsor of the Amgen Tour of California, we are committed to the anti-doping cause in cycling and beyond.”

Amgen has a long history of opposing doping in sports and actively supports the goal of anti-doping agencies around the world to permanently eradicate this pernicious problem from cycling and all professional sports. For more information on Amgen’s activities and stance on anti-doping, please visit http://www.amgen.com/media/anti-doping_measures_vpk.html to download Amgen’s Virtual Press Kit.

For more information about the Amgen Tour of California and to view the stage videos, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course through the state from May 15-22.

About the US Anti-Doping Agency

USADA is the non-profit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, upholding the Olympic ideal of fair play, and representing the interests of athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs. The agency manages a drug reference phone hotline as well as the Global Drug Reference Online at www.GlobalDRO.org, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as curriculums, themed brochures and nutrition and dietary guides, easy-reference wallet cards for the prohibited substance list, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference publications, all of which can be found at www.USADA.org.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.  AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production.  For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.

Media Contacts:

AEG
Michael Roth
213-742-7155
mroth@aeg-la.com

GolinHarris
Erin Barrier
213-438-8707
ebarrier@golinharris.com

Amgen
Mary Klem
805-447-6979
mklem@amgen.com

USADA
Erin Hannan
719-785-2009
ehannan@usada.org