May 22, 2011 |
Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer crossed the finish line Saturday at the top of Mt. Baldy holding hands at the end of Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California. Leipheimer, by the margin of a finger, was the winner of the 75.8-mile stage from Claremont to the top of Mt. Baldy, and Leipheimer's RadioShack teammate Horner just about clinched the overall title with only Sunday's 82-mile ride from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks as a wrap-up. It took three-time race winner Leipheimer 3 hours 33.01 seconds to ride Saturday's stage.
May 18, 2010 |
Reporting from Santa Cruz -- Here's what Versus television viewers did not get to see as Stage 3 of the Tour of California on Tuesday afternoon neared the end, about 4 p.m., with the sun sparkling off the Pacific Ocean and the boardwalk packed with cycling fans: After more than four hours on the road, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rogers and Dave Zabriskie sprinting on their bikes as if they were boys again racing home from school, three guys, shoulder...
February 14, 2009 |
While the pre-race focus at the Amgen Tour of California has been on Lance Armstrong and his comeback, Armstrong is an unlikely overall winner. Veteran cycling commentator Phil Liggett considers the field to be the strongest in the U.S. outside of a world championship. Staff writer Diane Pucin looks at some riders worth watching. -- Overall Levi Leipheimer, Astana -- Two-time defending champion, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and four-time top-10 finisher at Tour de France.
May 16, 2010 |
— Lance Armstrong has his favorites for the Amgen Tour of California, which begins Sunday with a trip from Nevada City to downtown Sacramento. Armstrong predicts the race won't be decided at least until Saturday's time trial that starts and finishes at LA Live in Los Angeles. "I think it comes down to the time trial," Armstrong said. "If I was looking at it as an analyst, I'd say Levi [Leipheimer], Dave [Zabriskie] and Michael Rogers will be the big three … I'm not sure the climbs are selective enough.
July 12, 2010 |
Reporting from Morzine, France — On this first 2010 Tour de France rest day, Lance Armstrong rode a historic Alps climb, the Col de Joux Plane, one of the steepest of cycling's mountain rides. It was a training trip for Armstrong, cyclist Levi Leipheimer said. It was not a ride done for fun. Armstrong, 38, was working out his kinks, bumps and bruises, his aches and pains and maybe his wounded pride. His job for the next two weeks is an unexpected one — he will be a helper for Leipheimer.
October 23, 2009 |
Lance Armstrong will be back at the Amgen 2010 Tour of California, and for some that makes the race a destination choice. But Armstrong's participation this year, his second in a row, will be part of a newly formed American-based team, RadioShack, and it will be at a new time and with new challenges. Nothing if not trendy, tour officials arranged to have several cyclists, including Armstrong and three-time champion Levi Leipheimer, announce their participation and unveil route information via Twitter this morning.