2012 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 7 Preview

The 2012 USA Pro Challenge will finish with a 9.5 mile time trial for Sunday's Stage 7, with Levi Leipheimer hoping to hold on to his current lead and ride away with his second-straight USA Pro Challenge victory. Leipheimer holds a nine-second lead over Christian Vande Velde of team Garmin-Sharp, with Peter Stetina sitting 38 seconds behind in seventh place.

After six days of hard racing up and down the mountains of Colorado, starting in Durango for Stage 1, the Pro Challenge will conclude with a 9.5-mile time trial through the streets of Denver. Racers will start at one-minute intervals and endure a grueling individual test in the final stage, ending with a technical run through City Park before concluding the race on Broadway.

NBC will provide coverage of the final round beginning at 11:30 a.m. MT, with racing set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. MT.

The leaders after Stage 6:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Levi Leipheimer Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 25:39:50
2 Christian Vande Velde Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda 25:39:59 :09
3 Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team (USA) 25:40:11 :21
4 Joe Dombrowski Bontrager-Livestrong 25:40:11 :21
5 Ramiro Rincon Diaz EPM - UNE 25:40:12 :22
6 Andreas Kloden RadioShack Nissan Trek 25:40:16 :26
7 Peter Stetina Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda 25:40:28 :38
8 Janez Brajkovic Astana 25:40:31 :41
9 Ivan Rovny RusVelo 25:40:31 :41
10 Damiano Caruso Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy) 25:40:42 :52

For more on the race, stick with SB Nation Denver, or head over to Podium Cafe, SB Nation's cycling blog.

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