Levi Leipheimer Interview
Levi recounts his Tour, the Olympics and looks ahead to 2005.
a very strong team in the time trials. I believe that the core group of guys going to the Tour can dedicate a few days in our different training camps to training for the TTT.
RC: So how did Fillmore Hill treat you at
RC: Any chance of seeing you race in the states again next year (
LL: You never know, I would love to fly the Gerolsteiner and Specialized colors in the
RC: This year has proven to be another controversial year for drugs. How do you feel about the testing and its validity?
LL: We may never know if the tests are valid or not. That is a shame because I believe there are innocent athletes taken down with the guilty ones.
RC: How often do you undergo testing?
LL: I have undergone ?no-advanced-notice, out-of-competition? testing for the past 5 years. I have done on average 4 of these tests a year. They show up at my door and I am required to provide a sample. Then there is always the races when you win, lead, picked for random or at the beginning of all the Grand Tours. These test average out to about 6-10 times a year. So on average I am tested 10-14 times a year. Of course the better you ride the more you are tested.
RC: Have you had the opportunity to talk to Tyler Hamilton about his situation and the troubles around Phonak?
LL: I called
RC: What are some of your plans for the off-season?
LL: I have had a great off season so far. Doing the things I love; Mt biking with friends on all the best trails in NorCal, catching up with our friends who we don?t get to see for most of the year, and really just relaxing.
RC: Have you begun your training and preparation for next year?
LL: Yes, my last race was