Inquiry into 'tattooed guy' put Lance Armstrong case in motion

Four years ago, the United States Anti-Doping Agency suspended Leogrande for using a blood-boosting hormone known as EPO. His case grew into the lengthy investigation that culminated in Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban from the sport.

updated: October 18, 2012 11:54 IST
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Upland, California: The long road to Lance Armstrong's downfall began here, across the world from the French Alps where he climbed to the pinnacle of cycling, at a strip-mall tattoo parlor in the foothills east of Los Angeles.

Covered in ink from his legs to his neck, Kayle Leogrande, the owner of this shop, competed full time as a professional cyclist for only a couple of years. He met Armstrong only once, he said, at a 2005 race in Ojai, Calif. (Read:Sponsors dump Lance Armstrong as he quits Livestrong)

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