Leapin' Lizards! Levi Leipheimer wins Tour of California prologue

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American cyclist Levi Leipheimer won the opening 1.9-mile San Francisco prologue on Sunday with a time of 4:53.43.

If anyone's a homeboy on this prologue, it's Leipheimer. Although he grew up in Montana, the Gerolsteiner cyclist now lives just up the road from San Francisco in the wine country town of Santa Rosa.

While he rides the passes in and out of Santa Rosa and mountain bikes with the locals, he also may have tried his hand on this prologue route that winds its way from the Embarcadero to Coit Tower.

Today's prologue is a good opener for the cyclist who had a great 2005. Not only did he finish 6th in the Tour of France, but won the Tour of Germany.

At the end of the day, the top five finishers are all Americans:
1. Leipheimer
2. Bobby Julich (Team CSC)
3. George Hincapie (Discovery)
4. Floyd Landis (Phonak)
5. David Zabriskie (Team CSC)

The win couldn't be better for Leipheimer. He'll get to wear the leader's jersey for Stage 1, which begins at 11 a.m. in Sausalito and runs up to his home in Santa Rosa.

This great photo is from bigempty at Flickr.com. He caught the concentration and agony in Leipheimer's features.

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