Levi Leipheimer of team Radio Shack won stage one of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday with a breakaway attack in the last 500 yards of the 99.3-mile stage. Leipheimer’s time, along with a 10-second bonus for the stage win, was just enough to put him on top of the challenge. He now stands 11 seconds ahead of Team Garmin-Cervelo’s Christian Vande Velde. The last 500 yards of the stage featured a climb that tapered off toward the end, and Leipheimer timed his attack so he could create space early without having to continue the effort as the course flattened to the finish. “I’ve never won a race with an explosive style,” Leipheimer said. “So I guess in my old age, I’m learning new tricks.” Leipheimer’s attack put him in front of Colombia’s Sergio Henao by just four seconds, but a middle-of-the-pack finish by Henao in Monday’s time trial set him back. Leipheimer had a disappointing and crash-filled Tour de France last month, but currently leads the three Tour medalists, Cadel Evans, and Frank and Andy Shleck, by 17 seconds, 42 seconds, and 1 minute, 38 seconds, respectively.
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