Levi Leipheimer takes USA Pro Challenge lead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Defending champion Levi Leipheimer opened a 9-second lead Saturday in the USA Pro Challenge overall standings, while Australia's Rory Sutherland won the uphill sixth stage.

Leipheimer, the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider based in Santa Rosa, Calif., began the day in fourth place -- 8 seconds back. He was fourth in the stage, 26 seconds behind Sutherland.

The second-year race will end Sunday with a 9.5-mile time trial in Denver.

Sutherland, who competes for U.S.-based UnitedHealthcare, completed the 102.8-mile stage from Golden, the last mountain stage of the weeklong race, in 4 hours, 6 minutes, 12 seconds for his second win of the season.

Former race leader Christian Vande Velde of Garmin-Sharp and Lemont, Ill., dropped to second overall.

Tejay van Garderen, the Garmin-Sharp rider from Bozeman, Mont., who has twice led the race via tiebreaker, faded in the waning miles and finished 11th. Van Garderen was third overall, trailing Leipheimer by 21 seconds.

Fabio Aru of Italy was second in the stage, 20 seconds behind Sutherland.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 167458465 - kktv.com/a?a=167458465
Gray Television, Inc.