A day after Lance Armstrong confirmed his comeback with the Astana squad, Tour director Christian Prudhomme cleared up any doubts over whether the team would be allowed to race next year. Astana was barred from the 2008 Tour because of past doping violations.


A day after Lance Armstrong confirmed his comeback with the Astana squad, Tour director Christian Prudhomme cleared up any doubts over whether the team would be allowed to race next year. Astana was barred from the 2008 Tour because of past doping violations.

“They should be there if there are no ethical problems,” Prudhomme told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “They weren’t at any of our races in 2008. “

If nothing happens in the coming months, they should be at our races in 2009.”

To help persuade any doubters that he is clean, Armstrong said he’s hired Anti-doping expert Don Catlin to test him anytime, anywhere — and to post the results online for the world to see.