Christian Vande Velde made up a 9-second deficit to win the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on the final stage individual time trial in Denver on Sunday.
By winning, he unseated Levi Leipheimer who usually excels at the ITT in crunch situations.
Vande Velde said, “I actually had a lot of confidence in today. …
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With the USA Pro Cycling Challenge coming to an end today, defending champion Levi Leipheimer has gone to the front as the overall leader.
The race has been a dead-heat between Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) for most of the week, with Leipheimer lurking down in fourth place just a few seconds behind.
The week-long stage bike race ends with a 9.5-mile individual time trial around Denver. All three are strong riders against the clock, although historically Leipheimer has the advantage…..
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The sight of yellow jersey wearer Bradley Wiggins helping set up the lead-out train for Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France finale indicates the teamwork that made Sky Procycling such a success this year.
Sky’s sprinter Cavendish rode away from the peloton for the stage win on the Champs Elysees on Sunday, marking his 4th career victory in Paris and his 23rd career victory in the Tour.
Asked after the race about the victory, a joyous Cavendish clicked of the team’s half-dozen stage victories at the race and said, “The win today put the cherry on top.” …
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Looking back, this Tour de France pretty much ended the day Bradley Wiggins slipped into the yellow jersey way back on Stage 7.
He had sat quietly in 2nd place all week, 7 seconds behind the overall leader Fabian Cancellara who won the prologue, while the sprinters crashed and battled for stage wins. Then on …
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It looks like it’s all over for defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, as he struggled on three mountain passes in Stage 16 on Wednesday and dropped from 4th to 7th in the overall battle for 1st place.
Evans’ teammate Tejay Van Garderen (a native of Tacoma, Washington) also lost some time on the leaders, but did well enough that he moved up one place into 6th overall.
While Evans’ BMC teammates rallied around their suffering leader in an attempt to help him to the finish, Van Garderen was allowed to ride ahead to solidify his lead in the white jersey competition for best young rider.
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George Hincapie: “I’ve never seen anything like it”
Some nitwit prankster must have thought it would be comical to create chaos in the peloton by spreading tacks along a section of Sunday’s Tour de France route from Limoux – Foix.
Not so funny.
The tacks — described as nails by some — caused dozens of …
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Britain’s Bradley Wiggins won the individual time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, widening his margin over defending champion Cadel Evans by more than a minute and proving why he’s the favorite to win the bike race.
Meanwhile, American Tejay Van Garderen moved back into the best young rider’s white jersey with the …
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A big question has loomed over the Amgen Tour of California bike race that starts on Sunday: Is 3-time winner Levi Leipheimer well enough to compete in the 8-stage race?
Leipheimer, who suffered a fractured fibula when he was struck from behind by a car in early April, finally answered that question on Friday. …
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- By Racing
March 9, 2012
March 9, 2012
US cyclists are figuring prominently in two week-long bicycle races currently playing out on the continent — Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.
At the Paris-Nice, Levi Leipheimer (left, Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is still within 10-seconds of the overall leader as he sits in 3rd place overall after Stage 6.
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