Levi Leipheimer Wins 2010 Tour of Utah
Team RadioShack's Levi Leipheimer secured his overall win in the 2010 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (USA) on Sunday. He accomplished this without any teammate throughout the 6-day race.
Team RadioShack's Levi Leipheimer secured his overall win in the 2010 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (USA) on Sunday. He accomplished this without any teammate throughout the 6-day race. Leipheimer rode the national event as the only individual rider in the Mellow Johnny's jersey. Australian rider Jai Crawford (Fly V Australia) won the last stage, the 164 km/102 mi challenging queen stage from Park City to the top of Snowbird Ski Resort.
Jai Crawford rode away from Marc de Maar (United Healthcare-Maxxis) midway up Little Cottonwood Canyon to take the mountaintop win at Snowbird Ski Resort. Levi Leipheimer rode away from his rivals up the final climb to finish second, on Crawford's wheel, and seal the overall victory. His victory came ahead of last year's winner, Francisco Mancebo (Canyon), who finished second.
"The fact that the whole week was a hard profile, hard course, took away a lot of tactics and played into my favour," Leipheimer explained and added "Today I was able to control a little bit on the climbs. When it was just Mancebo and I on the climb left, I thought well now I have to go. Unfortunately, Mancebo pulled for a long time, even before the climb, so he couldn't stay with me, but I figured I better go. I wanted to be safe. I didn't know exactly who was up the road or how many guys. When I caught Crawford, I was safe, I was going to win the overall race. I had done a big effort to get there but there was no denying the fact that he earned the stage more than me. I think it would have been wrong to sprint him for the win."
Levi Leipheimer conquered the yellow leader's jersey after the second stage on Thursday. He showed he is in top form. "It was a great week for me," Leipheimer continued and concluded "I was never in any trouble and I don't think it could have gone any better. It was a great week of preparation for the ProTour races in Quebec and Montreal."