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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

Stick with this StoryStream for more on the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.