Rock Racing questions remain

Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)

Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing) (Image credit: Jon Devich)

Contrary to other reports this week, the Rock Racing roster for the Tour of California has not been released by the Team according to Sean Weide of Elevation Sports & Entertainment / Rock Racing.

"Per the race regulations for the Tour of California, a list of riders was submitted to the race organizers. The official Rock Racing roster for the event will be released by AEG after it is reviewed and all riders are cleared to start."

One of the team's riders whose general status may be in question is Kayle Leogrande. Former team director Frankie Andreu confirmed to Cyclingnews that Leogrande was a rider under investigation by USADA. He was also identified earlier this week by unnamed sources in an Associated Press report as the 30 year-old as the athlete who sued the agency to block testing of a 'B' sample.

Leogrande's recent troubles have also touched upon his riding. "Last week he hit his head and had to get stitches," said Martine Charles, a press representative for the team. "He was able to get back on the bike and was able to riding this weekend."

Whether Leogrand will get to be team-mates with the legendary Mario Cipollini is another unanswered question about the team. "[We're] still talking," said Charles Michael [Ball] is handling all the negotiations and it is in the process of it."

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