Levi Leipheimer Interview
Roadcycling.com's Thomas A. Valentinsen talks with Levi Leipheimer about his victory in the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, about riding on US soil, his 2011 season so far, and about his ambitions for the coming seasons.
in this sport. As far as being on a different team, I don't think it really matters. If you're good and you're strong you will come out on top, even if there is someone else on the team that is a potential threat. In the end, the race sorts everything out. We can't perform our best at every race and we can't win them all. If you're good enough to be there and contend then you're going to have a chance."
What do you think is the reason for the great success of US cyclists in US-based races?
"It comes down to mentality and motivation. Look at Garmin(-Cervélo) this week. The entire team was phenomenal. This is their home state and it took some of the best form of my career to win. These guys showed the Europeans that if they come to the U.S. to compete against Americans, they better expect a fight."
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