USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2011: Levi Leipheimer Wins General Classification

The 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge came to an end on Sunday with Levi Leipheimer capturing the yellow jersey victory.

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Results: Levi Leipheimer Wins Colorado's Major Race

The 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado has come to an end on Sunday with Levi Leipheimer basking in victory. Though he did not win the final stage from Golden to Denver, Leipheimer had built an 11 second lead over the previous days to edge out Christian VandeVelde. Boulder's Tom Danielson finished in fourth place, just 21 seconds behind Leipheimer.

Daniel Oss won the final stage, just ahead of Elia Viviani who won the previous two stages. Oss finished 30th overall while Viviani was over 26 minutes behind and finished 74th overall.

Leipheimer completed the entire circuit in 20:00:24. VandeVelde and Danielson, second- and fourth-place finishers, are both teammates on Garmin-Cervelo. Tejay Van Garderen took third-place with a 17-second gap ahead of him. That netted him the Best Young Rider victory. Tour de France 2011 winner Cadel Evans finished seventh overall, where he had been the last few days.

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Levi Leipheimer In Control On Final Day Of Race

Elia Viviani won his second stage in a row by capturing victory on the Stage 5 Steamboat Springs-Breckenridge run on Saturday. However, Levi Leipheimer finished in the group of cyclists who received the same finishing time (4:04:31) as Viviani. As a result, Leipheimer maintains the overall lead in the general classification as we enter the final day of the race on Sunday.

Leipheimer holds an 11 second lead over Christian VandeVelde entering Sunday's ride from Golden to Denver. Riders will contend with Lookout Mountain early in the race, roughly 11 miles into the competition. It comes on the underside of the figure-eight shape that the race takes before the race turns into Denver. Once in Denver the racers will circle Speer Blvd. for six laps before heading to the finish line near the State Capitol Building.

Live race coverage can be seen on NBC at noon MT.

Here is the leaderboard heading into the final day of the race (complete leaderboard here):

Pos  Rider  Time  Gap
1 Levi Leipheimer 17:33:14 --
2 Christian VandeVelde 17:33:25 :11
3 Tejay Van Garderen 17:33:31 :17
4 Tom Danielson 17:33:35 :21
5 George Hincapie 17:34:07 :53
6 Rafael Infantio Abreu 17:34:28 1:14
7 Cadel Evans 17:34:32 1:18
8 Stefan Clement 17:34:56 1:42
9 Bruno Pires 17:35:03 1:49
10 Rory Sutherland 17:35:04 1:50

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Levi Leipheimer Retains Overall Lead After Stage 4

The 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge continues on Saturday with Levi Leipheimer still in the overall lead. Leipheimer finished in a group of 92 racers who all received the same finished in the same time as the stage winner did. Elia Viviani won the stage after taking Avon to Steamboat Springs in 2:58:14. The top 10 remained unchanged and no racer lost any time after the completion of this stage.

Stage 5 of the race picks back up in Steamboat Springs. One hundred five miles later, the racers will find themselves in Breckenridge. The cyclists will start off at 6,700 feet high and work their way up to nearly 9,600 feet early on in the race. After that, the riders will experience more rolling hills, but no challenging mountain climbs.

Versus will have you covered again, as they air the race starting at 2:00 p.m. MT.

Here is the current top 10 leaderboard (full leaderboard here):

Pos  Rider  Time  Gap
1 Levi Leipheimer 13:28:43 --
2 Christian VandeVelde 13:28:54 :11
3 Tejay Van Garderen 13:29:00 :17
4 Tom Danielson 13:29:04 :21
5 George Hincapie 13:29:36 :53
6 Rafael Infantio Abreu 13:29:57 1:14
7 Cadel Evans 13:30:01 1:18
8 Stefan Clement 13:30:25 1:42
9 Bruno Pires 13:30:32 1:49
10 Rory Sutherland 13:30:33 1:50

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Levi Leipheimer Captures Stage 3 Victory, Overall Lead

Levi Leipheimer is back in first place at the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge after a brief departure from the top spot at the end of stage two. Leipheimer won the Stage 3 individual time trial at Vail in 25:47. Garmin-Cervelo's Christian VandeVelde finished with the same time as Leipheimer. Now they are Nos. 1 and 2 in the standings, separated by 11 seconds.

The previous No. 1, Tejay Van Garderen, is now No. 3. Boulder resident Tom Danielson dropped to fourth overall, but he actually shaved one second off the gap in front of him.

Stage 4 begins in Avon and ends 83 miles later in Steamboat Springs. This stage is not like Stage 2's ride through from Gunnison to Aspen. While there are no high peaks, Stage 4 does have rolling hills and a long stretch of the race does take place above 7,500 feet. The sprinters will like this stage. Live coverage of the race begins on Versus at 2:00 p.m. MT.

Here is the top 10 in the general classification (complete leaderboard here):

Pos  Rider  Time  Gap
1 Levi Leipheimer 10:30:29 --
2 Christian VandeVelde 10:30:40 :11
3 Tejay Van Garderen 10:30:46 :17
4 Tom Danielson 10:30:50 :21
5 George Hincapie 10:31:22 :53
6 Rafael Infantio Abreu  10:31:43 1:14
7 Cadel Evans 10:31:47 1:18
8 Stef Clement 10:32:11 1:42
9 Bruno Pires 10:32:18 1:49
10 Rory Sutherland 10:32:19 1:50

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2011 USA Pro Cyling Challenge: George Hincapie Wins Stage 2; Tejay Van Garderen Takes Overall Lead

George Hincapie captured the victory on Stage 2, the Queen Stage, of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the race's toughest course. Racing from Gunnison to Aspen, Hincapie complete the course in 5:26:10, along with five others. The win moved him from No. 8 to No. 2. He isn't the only race making a leap up the standings.

Boulder resident and Team Garmin-Cervelo cyclist Tom Danielson finished Stage 2 in that Group of 6. He made a six-spot leap from No. 9 to No. 3, just 22 seconds behind new leader Tejay Van Garderen.

Stage 3 of the race moves to Vail on Thursday. This will be a 10-mile uphill individual time trial to reach the finish line at Vail Pass. This stage will begin at 1:00 p.m. MT and be completely wrapped up by 3:45 p.m. MT. Versus has live coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. MT.

Here is the top 10 (complete leaderboard here):

Pos  Rider  Time  Gap
1 Tejay Van Garderen 10:04:08 --
2 George Hincapie 10:04:24 :16
3 Tom Danielson 10:04:30 :22
4 Levi Leipheimer 10:04:42 :34
5 Christian VandeVelde 10:04:53 :45
6 Cadel Evans 10:04:59 :51
7 Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle 10:05:00 :52
8 Robert Gesink 10:05:12 1:04
9 Bruno Pires 10:05:16 1:08
10 Rory Sutherland 10:05:17 1:09

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Levi Leipheimer Wins Stage 1; Race Moves To Gunnison

On Day 2 of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Levi Leipheimer took control of the race with a win on Stage 1 (Salida to Mt. Crested Butte). Leipheimer needed a last-second charge to finish the stage at 4:29:22, four seconds better than Sergio Henao Montoya. Leipheimer moved ahead of Frank Schleck, Cadel Evans and Christian VandeVelde, all who finished seven seconds behind.

Leipheimer was eight seconds off the lead following the prologue in Colorado Springs, but now he holds an 11 second lead in the general classification at 4:37:47. Boulder's Team Garmin-Cervelo has the second-place spot with Christian VandeVelde at 4:37:58. Tom Danielson moved into the top 10 overall, 37 seconds behind Leipheimer. He completed Stage 1 in 4:29:40.

Stage 2 of the race begins in Gunnison and travels a winding path to Aspen. The preview at the Tour's official site calls this stage the toughest of all seven. Two climbs reach 12,000 feet each, an endurance race for only the hardiest of riders.

The race begins at 10:00 a.m. MT and goes for over 130 miles. Riders should begin to reach the finish line at 3:00 p.m. MT.

Here is the new top 10 (visit VeloNews.com for complete results):

Pos  Rider  Time  Gap
1 Levi Leipheimer
4:37:47
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2 Christian VandeVelde 4:37:58
:11
3 Tejay Van Garderen 4:38:04
:17
4 Cadel Evans
4:38:04
:17
5 Robert Gesink 4:38:17
:30
6 Brent Bookwalter 4:38:21
:34
7 Rory Sutherland
4:38:22
:35
8 George Hincapie
4:38:24
:37
9 Tom Danielson 4:38:24
:37
10 Jeffry Louder 4:38:28
:41

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Patrick Gretsch Wins Prologue Before Stage 1 At Salida

The 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge began on Monday with a prologue from the Garden of the Gods to downtown Colorado Springs. Patrick Gretsch of HTC-Highroad won the opening ride with an 8:27 ride, two seconds better than Christian VandeVelde.

VandeVelde's Garmin-Cervelo teammate Tom Danielson is 17 seconds behind at 8:44, good for 20th overall. The Boulder, CO-based Garmin-Cervelo all came within the top 80 racers after the prologue. Tour de France 2011 winner Cadel Evans is in ninth place, though he will now face the challenge of tough climbs on the course. Andy Schleck is 36 seconds behind Gretsch.

Day 2 begins in Salida before the riders face a climb at Monarch Pass, which reaches over 11,300 feet. There will be two sprint sections after the race before they face a climb at Crested Butte to reach the finish line Mt. Crested Butte. For more on this stage, visit USA Pro Cycling Challenge's stage page.

Check out Versus for coverage of this race. Pre-race coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. MT before the scenic routes in Colorado take center stage at 2:00 p.m. MT.

Here is the top 10 leaderboard after Day 1:

Pos  Rider  Time  Gap
1 Patrick Gretsch 8:27 --
2 Christian VandeVelde 8:29 :02
3 Brent Bookwalter 8:31 :04
4 Robert Forster 8:32 :05
5 Jens Voigt 8:34 :07
6 George Hincapie 8:34 :07
7 Levi Leipheimer 8:35 :08
8 Tejay Van Garderen 8:35 :08
9 Cadel Evans 8:35 :08
10 Ryan Roth 8:37 :10

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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Colorado's Tom Danielson Has Homefield Advantage

The 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge comes to Colorado. It begins on Aug. 22 with a prologue that starts in the Garden of the Gods and finishes in downtown Colorado Springs.

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