Levi Leipheimer jumps back into lead with record in Vail time trial at USA Pro Challenge

WATCH ONLINE: Catch a live stream of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is good and standings are updated dynamically on the page. Watch here starting at 2 p.m. Mountain time to see Friday’s Stage 4 ride from Avon to Steamboat Springs.

Vail — The second time trial in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the reverse of the downhill Prologue, going up Vail Pass. It also reversed the overall standings at the top once again in this highly-competitive race as  Levi Leipheimer set a course record to take back the yellow jersey.

There was one definite similarity to the prologue: an early rider, in this case David Zabriskie of Garmin-Cervelo, put up a time (24:46) that was hard to match, though veteran Jens Voit did come within 3 seconds. Then all bets were off when Colombian rider Rafael Infantio blew away the field with a ride of 25:51.

When the big stars hit the road the times really started to sink fast. First came fifth-place holder Christian VandeVelde, who set a course record in 25:47. But moments later, amazingly, Leipheimer edged him by the scarecest of margins, 58 hundredths, to win the stage and re-take the overall lead, just 11 seconds ahead of VandeVelde. Other top racers:

  • Young Tejay Van Garderen, the overall leader at day’s start, lost almost 52 seconds to Leipheimer and is now third, 17 seconds back.
  • George Hincapie, winner of Wednesday’s Queen Stage and second overall at day’s start, turned in a respectable time and still stands fifth, just 53 seconds back.
  • Pre-race favorite Tom Danielson was third at day’s start and finished the day fourth, 24 seconds back.
  • Frank Schleck who started the day in 12th, had a strong ride of 27:22. And brother Andy Schleck, who had little to race for, still turned in a good ride, just 2:07 off the day’s fastet time.

Find complete stage and overall standings here.

And now it’s off to Avon on Thursday for Stage 4, an 82.8 mile stage race to Steamboat Springs.

Check out stories on previous stages in the race:

Interested in more details about the race? Check out these links:

  • The course: From Prologue to high country, here’s where the race will be contested in Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs and more. Get maps, elevation gain information and video.
  • Teams: Who’s racing? The entire list of competitors.
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