Chris Horner Aims for Podium Finish in 2011 Tour de France
After clearly dominating the mountains of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California and with the overall race victory secured yesterday evening, Team RadioShack's Chris Horner is planning on just a brief bask in the limelight of victory.
will look after the four of us. It will become very clear after the first mountain stage who is the leader. At this team we get along very well and everyone is there to support the best rider."
Taking the mountaintop stage win yesterday on Mt. Baldy and completing the race in second place overall, teammate and three-time Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer had only praise for the efforts of Horner and the entire Team RadioShack. "He's been around for 16 years but he's been even more professional in the last couple of years, especially with his diet and just everything. You're seeing the results of that. I've had some health issues and the team needed a Plan B. That turned out to be Chris. I think it was smart of the team. But I am happy because I showed I could have won, but my teammate was better. There is no denying that."
Asked how he sees the 2011 Tour de France shaping up, Leipheimer added "That race puts you in your place. We won't have any responsibility at the Tour like we do here. We have the responsibility to carry the Amgen Tour of California on our shoulders. But at the Tour de France we don't have that. We're the underdogs. We don't have an Andy Schleck or an Alberto Contador. We can use that to our advantage."
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