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Must Read: Leogrande was tip of the Armstrong doping iceberg

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Oct. 18, 2012

Leogrande’s confession leads to Armstrong downfall — The New York Times

Former Rock Racing rider Kayle Leogrande recounted details of his doping confession in a report from The New York Times on Thursday. The tattooed criterium racer was the tip of the iceberg for federal investigators and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, whose CEO Travis Tygart told the Times that “without Leogrande, who knows, the Armstrong investigation maybe never would have happened.”

In the report, Leogrande recounts how his casual confession to soigneur Suzanne Sonye led to a doping suspension and eventually a meeting with Food and Drug Administration agent Jeff Novitzky. Novitzky was investigating Michael Ball and Rock Racing and, according to Leogrande, almost immediately started asking about Armstrong.

“He would ask, ‘Do you think Lance is doing this?’ ” Leogrande said. “I would tell him: ‘He’s racing in these barbaric cycling races in Europe. If you were a rider at that level, what would you do?’”

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