Leipheimer reclaims lead

2011-08-26 07:06

Colorado - US RadioShack rider Levi Leipheimer edged Christian Vande Velde in the 16.5km time trial third stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Thursday to regain the overall lead.

Leipheimer completed the uphill trial in 25 minutes, 47.8, less than a second faster than compatriot Vande Velde of Garmin-Cervelo.

Colombian Rafael Infantino of EPM-UNE was five seconds back.

Leipheimer, who had held the overall lead after a stage one victory, now tops the classification 11 seconds ahead of Vande Velde with three stages to go.

American Tejay Van Garderen of HTC-Highroad, finished sixth in the stage, 51 seconds behind. He dropped from first to third overall, 17 seconds behind Leipheimer.

Friday's fourth stage will take the riders 133.25km from Avon to Steamboat Springs.

Leading results of Thursday's 16.5km time trial stage three of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge:

Stage 3

1. Levi Leipheimer, (USA/RadioShack) 25 minutes 47 seconds, 2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) at 1sec, 3. Rafael Infantino Abreu (COL) 5, 4. Tom Danielson (USA) 33, 5. Stef Clement (NED) 41, 6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) 51


9. Cadel Evans (AUS) 1.02

Overall standings after 3 stages

1. Levi Leipheimer, (USA/RadioShack) 10 hours 30 minutes 29 seconds, 2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) at 11sec, 3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) 17, 4. Tom Danielson (USA) 21, 5. George Hincapie (USA) 53


7. Cadel Evans (AUS) 01:18, 13. Frank Schleck (LUX) 02:17, 29. Ivan Basso (ITA) 05:25, 39. Andy Schleck (LUX) 06:59