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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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