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'John Doe' identified in USADA lawsuit

By:
Gregor Brown and Brecht Decaluwé in Treviso
Published:
January 27, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:35 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, January 27, 2008
Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)

Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)

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One day after reports that an anonymous rider was suing the United States Anti-doping Agency, wire...

One day after reports that an anonymous rider was suing the United States Anti-doping Agency, wire reports have identified the aggrieved cyclist as Rock Racing rider Kayle Leogrande. According to the Associated Press, unnamed sources identified the 30 year-old as the athlete who sued the agency to block testing of a 'B' sample.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles, claimed that USADA was violating its own rules by ordering the testing of the rider's 'B' sample even though the 'A' sample was declared negative. The identity of the athlete was blocked from the public.

Because the lawyers hired by the plaintiff were the same high-powered attorneys, Maurice Suh and Howard Jacobs, hired by Floyd Landis, there had been speculation that Landis was the rider in question, but multiple reports have named Leogrande as the unnamed cyclist. Neither USADA general counsel Bill Bock nor Suh were able to comment.

The AP article went on to claim that the urine samples in question were taken at the International Cycling Classic, also known as Superweek, in Wisconsin last July, where Leogrande won three stages and finished second overall.

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