American cyclist Levi Leipheimer captured the overall victory yesterday in the Tour of Utah during the final stage at Snowbird Ski Resort. Leipheimer, who finished 13th overall in the 2010 Tour de France, ended the race 2:30 minutes ahead of defending champion Francisco Mancebo.
The Tour of Utah, known as one of America’s toughest stage races, started slow for Leipheimer as he was just 10th after the prologue, likely the result of competing in a mountain bike event days before the race. Leipheimer eventually clawed his way into the race lead during stage two and was never truly threatened for the rest of the event, despite not having any team-mates.
Performing his best Lance Armstrong impression, U.S. nordic combined skier and 2010 Olympic Champion Billy Demong started the event strong with a prologue time a mere 47 seconds off the leader. Unfortunately, Demong would DNF during the fourth stage, ending his Tour bid with one stage remaining. Following the DNF, Demong tweeted: “Today ended a long streak of never DNFing a bike race. I will be handing out beer on the finish climb.”