Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer

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Levi Leipheimer (born Butte, Montana October 24, 1973) is an American professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team . His major results are winning the 2007–2009 editions of the Tour of California, the 2006 Dauphiné Libéré and the 2005 Deutschland Tour, coming in second in the 2008 Vuelta a España, third in the 2001 Vuelta a España, and having four top-ten finishes in the Tour de France, including third overall in 2007. He lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife Odessa Gunn, though during the cycling season he primarily lives in Girona, Spain. Leipheimer won the 2007 USA road championship, 1m 11s ahead of Discovery teammate and defending champion George Hincapie.

Leipheimer won the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games road time trial.

Career

Leipheimer began cycling in 1987 as cross-training for downhill ski racing. He was a competitive skier from ages 12–19, but switched his focus to full-time cycling.

Maestro Frigas and Einstein (1995-1996)

In 1995 Leipheimer won the Tour of Namur as an intern for the British F.S. Maestro – Frigas team.

Doping

On August 18, 1996, Leipheimer, riding for Team Einstein, won the U.S. National Criterium Championships when he lapped the field on the technically demanding Grandview Heights, Ohio, circuit. It was later reported by VeloNews that Leipheimer...
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