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Levi Leipheimer

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Leipheimer Wins Tour of Utah and Once Again Shows Graciousness

Here's just a quick note to say thanks, Levi, for representing your sport so well. We can all be proud that this cyclist is representing the USA so well. It looks like Levi will be supporting Brajkovic for the Vuelta, and neither are among the top five picks as far as I know. I'm glad RadioShack did OK as a team and that they gave help to Levi as he repeated his Tour of Utah win. Great idea to have a bike race in your beautiful state (and get it on television), huh? North Carolina? 

Tour of Utah: Leipheimer wins for second straight year - Salt Lake Tribune -

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Levi Leipheimer Wins Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León Bike Race 2009; Contador 2nd, Zabriskie 3rd; Alejandro Valverde Wins Stage

Levi Leipheimer won another professional stage bike race in Valladolid, Spain (España) today. He made two nice gestures that seemed to be appreciated by most. First, he took a photograph or two of the crowd with a small digital camera (not a professional photographer's TTL style one). Second, when Alberto Contador joined him on the stage for the top three photo, Levi pointed at him to give him credit. Alberto pointed back (the three facing the crowd, not each other), to which Levi raised his pointing level higher, which Contador matched.


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41° 39' 10.6092" N, 4° 43' 42.1968" W
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Levi Leipheimer Quietly Wins Stage 2, Takes Lead of Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Over Alberto Contador, David Zabriskie

Fast becoming a favorite for many USA fans of cycling, Levi Leipheimer showed the dignified way to the front today. Noted for his diligent work ethic and quiet but friendly manner, Levi is not the first to be talked about when the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador are around. While gifted, surely, many feel he has to work harder, so he's often considered an underdog even when he should get attention as the leader. Today was an example, and all I can do is repeat that I hope he's never even suspected of doping, because he sure is a fine example of dignity in victory for me.


Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Stage 2 Palencia, Palencia
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Cristo del Otero
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David Millar: Say It Ain't So, Vino (Alexandre Vinokourov); plus Michael Rasmussen, Floyd, Lance

As timv has noted, David Millar can spin a yarn nicely in his TdF Diaries. As a doper who had done his time, he's uniquely qualified to share several perspectives. And he was there for his own "Say it ain't so, Joe" moment when Vino's non-negative was first announced. I'll leave most of the piece for you to read on the Bicycling site, but here's a brief sample of that moment:

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