Team Astana’s Levi Leipheimer Becomes Three-Time Amgen Tour of California Champion

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02/23/2009| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Team Astana’s Levi Leipheimer Becomes Three-Time Amgen Tour of California Champion

Astana captures team classification title; Lance Armstrong needs to get lighter.

ride for Levi.  As long as I can continue to achieve my goals from the cancer perspective, if I ride all year as a domestique, it’s still a win-win for me.  It might be good for me personally too.  I’ve spent 15 years sitting on people’s wheels, so it felt good to be up front and pulling weight.  I was just excited to be here.  We don’t mind working for Levi; there was no doubt in our minds that he was going to be strong.”

Armstrong was also pleased with his performance, though recognizes that improvements can be made. “I cannot complain about the results and how I feel on the bike, but I still have to work on my bike position. To improve in the mountains, I surely have to lose weight. I am already strong enough, but I need to get lighter,” Armstrong commented. Yes, everything's cool as long as he's getting thinner .

Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer will head now to Europe to participate in the 2009 Paris-Nice and the Vueta a Castilla y León.

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