Leipheimer Wins Cycling Challenge

Levi takes 3rd title of the summer

Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

Levi Leipheimer won the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Sunday, finishing seventh on the race's 70.9-mile final stage into Denver and preserving an 11-second lead over runner-up Christian Vande Velde. Leipheimer's victory on the the seven-day, 518-mile PCC is his third stage-race title of the summer, following wins at the six-day Tour of Utah earlier this month and the nine-day Tour of Switzerland in June. "The victory means so much to me, mainly because of the way we raced," Leipheimer said. "It took some of the best form of my life to beat Christian and Tejay [Van Garderen, who finished third]." Tour de France champion Cadel Evans finshed seventh, a minute and 18 seconds back. An estimated one million people attended the race, well exceeding pre-event estimates. "They said it was the largest crowd of any stage in the history of American cycling," said Shawn Hunter, race CEO and co-chairman. "What a great way to cap off the week."

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