Levi Leipheimer Interview
Levi recounts his Tour, the Olympics and looks ahead to 2005.
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Height: 5'7"/170 cm
Weight: 135 lbs.
Pro since: 1997
2005 Team: Gerolsteiner
Team Website: www.gerolsteiner.de/cycling/
2002-2004 ? Rabobank
1998-1999 ? Saturn
9th Place, 2004 Tour de France
8th Place, 2002 Tour de France
3rd Place, 2001 Vuelta a Espana
1999, US National Time Trial Champion
Recently RoadCycling.com caught up with American Levi Leipheimer...
Levi was born in
Levi's career took a major step forward in 2001 when riding for the US Postal Service; he finished third in the Vuelta a Espa?a. Following his podium finish at the Vuelta, Levi went on to take fourth in the individual time trial at World's. In 2002 and after a change to Rabobank, Levi rode to an eighth place finish in the Tour de France in his first attempt at the Grand Daddy of Grand Tours.
In 2003, Leipheimer designed his entire season at arriving at the Tour de France in top form with his eyes fixed on finishing in the top 5 overall. But Levi's Tour was quickly cut short when he went crashing down in the finish-line pile-up coming into Meaux in the Tour's first stage. The highly-criticized finish, spelled doom for Rabobank losing both Leipheimer and fellow teammate Mark Lotz to the pile-up. Levi fractured his pelvis and badly damaged the muscles in his left leg, leaving him hospitalized as the Tour continued.
2004 saw the return of a rejuvenated Levi Leipheimer with a stage win at Semana Catalana, his selection for the US Olympic Team, and his second top ten finish at the Tour de France. Just recently turning 31, Levi recounts his Tour, the Olympics and looks ahead to 2005.
Congratulations on a great season and Happy Birthday Levi. Any big presents this year?
LL: My wife (
RC: You?ve had quite the season with your 9 th Place Tour de France finish, the Olympics and now the recent change to Gerolsteiner. Looking back at your season, what do you consider the highlights of your year? Any lows?
LL: The highlights of my year are winning the big mountain stage at Semana Catalana in March and finishing 9 th in the Tour. The experience of the Olympics was also a highlight. There weren?t any low points to mention.
RC: Have you had the chance to meet your new