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May 3/10 10:42 am - Tour of the Gila: Men's Stage 5 and Final GC, report and photos


Posted by Editoress on 05/3/10
 

Levi Leipheimer wins Tour of the Gila

 

Photos

 

Team RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer secured his overall win in the 24th SRAM Tour of the Gila (New Mexico, USA) on Sunday. He accomplished this with only Lance Armstrong and Jason McCartney as his support team throughout the 5-day race. The three riders rode the national event as individual riders in the Mellow Johnny’s jersey. Australian rider Darren Lill (Fly V Australia) won the last stage, the 171.2km/106.4mi Gila Monster Road Race.

“I felt great today, but I have to thank my teammates again," commented Leipheimer. “Jason did a great job in the beginning of this hard stage by neutralizing the attacks of Dave Zabriskies’s team. Afterwards Lance was really good on the last climb. Nobody was able to attack. He was pulling the last 15 miles. With 5 miles to go, I took over to make sure the time gap with Darren Lill wasn’t that close.”

Levi Leipheimer conquered the red leader’s jersey after the first stage on Wednesday. He showed he is in top form for racing in California. “It was a great week for me, coming to altitude straight from sea level," continued Leipheimer. "I was never in any trouble and I don’t think it could have gone any better. It was a great week of preparation for the Tour of California.”

Team RadioShack press release


Jenkins takes 3rd in final stage of Gila; UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis secures overall team competition
Max Jenkins of the UnitedHealthcare Pro cycling Team Presented by Maxxis closed out a hard week of racing with a strong 3rd place on final stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila, the infamous Gila Monster stage.

Jenkins and teammate Morgan Schmitt were part of a roughly 20-rider break that formed off the front after the second bonus sprint about 38 miles into the 106-mile stage.

“It took a while for the break to develop,” Jenkins said. “It wasn’t like someone attacked really hard and guys covered. It was more gradual than that. We were in the valley on a false flat, and there was a strong cross-tailwind which made it hard to get things going. We were all pretty much covering moves the first part of the race. Morgan and I just happened to be at the front when this one got going.”

Despite its large size, the riders in the break worked well enough to open a gap of five minutes by the base of the first climb at about 53 miles in. The group maintained a steady tempo over the first climb up to Anderson Vista, and remained together approaching the second and hardest obstacle of the day, the return trip up to Anderson Vista.

Morgan Schmmitt drives the breakThis time, Schmitt hit the front and upped the pace, shedding several riders from the break. The break further splintered on the downhill. When the reduced front group hit the final big climb of the day up to Meadow Creek, the attacks started.

“I attacked on the climb and when I got caught, (Darren) Lill (Fly V) countered and got a gap,” Jenkins said. “I was pretty close to on the limit at that point and couldn’t follow, and neither could Morgan.”

The two UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis riders set off in pursuit of Lill along with former Gila Monster stage winner Burke Swindlehurst (Team Give). The trio was joined by Caleb Fairly (Felt-Holoweski), Pat McCartey (Matrix/RBM) and Rob Britton (Bissell).

Unfortunately, despite its manageable size, there wasn’t enough cohesion in the break to reel in Lill.

“I think if we had worked together a bit better we could’ve caught him,” Jenkins said. “He was less than 20 meters ahead of us on the line.”

Instead, the remnants of the break fought it out for the next two steps on the podium on the finishing climb up to Pinos Altos.

“Burke attacked first and I countered him with about 500 meters to go,” Jenkins said. “But I didn’t want to be on the front so I sat up and let Caleb and Rob get ahead of me. I sat on them until about 200 meters to go and then kicked for the line.”

Jenkins shook Fairly but Britton hung on and came around Jenkins in the final 50 meters for take 2nd place.

“It was a hard day,” Jenkins said. “It was snowing over the top of a couple of the climbs though it didn’t seem that cold. Morgan had a great ride today and he covered a lot of attacks.”

Meanwhile, back in the peloton

Behind the break, the race for the overall title of the SRAM Tour of the Gila was still very much in contention. Tom Danielson (DZ Nuts) sitting 2nd overall put in a hard attack on the second to last big climb that only Rory Sutherland of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis, race leader Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) and Phil Zajicek (Fly V) could follow. But with two of Rory’s teammates up the road, as well as one for Zajicek, they were unwilling to help Danielson shed Leipheimer, and a regrouping occurred on the descent.

This small group, which also included Chris Baldwin of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis, would stay together until the finishing climb up to Pinos Altos. Sutherland would stay with this elite group until the line, finishing with Danielson and Leipheimer 1:03 behind the stage winner, taking 8th on the stage. Baldwin would come in at 1:37 back in 17th on the stage.

The strong ride by the UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis trio enabled Sutherland to jump up to 8th overall, while Jenkins leapt up to 12th overall. Baldwin closed out in 11th overall. The placings were high enough to vault UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis to the top of the overall team competition.

UnitedHealthcare Pro cycling Team Presented by Maxxis press release

 

Stage 5: Gila Monster RR, 170 km
1 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia 4:25:03.
2 Robert Britton (Can) BISSELL Pro Cycling 0:06
3 Max Jenkins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional
4 Caleb Fairly (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team all s.t.
5 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) teamgive 0:23
6 Patrick Mccarty (USA) Matrix/RBM s.t.
7 Jesse Sergent (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:53
8 Phillip Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia 0:59
9 Tom Danielson (USA) DZ Nuts 1:03
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Mellow Johnny's
11 Rory Sutherland (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional both s.t.
12 David Zabriskie (USA) DZ Nuts 1:08
13 Alex Hagman (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro s.t.
14 Luis Amaran (Cub) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 1:12
15 Corey Collier (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 1:15
16 Andrew Talansky (USA) California Giant/Specialized 1:17
17 Chris Baldwin (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 1:37
18 Morgan Schmitt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 3:29
19 Jason Donald (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 3:54
20 Jai Crawford (Aus) Fly V Australia 3:54
21 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita
22 Brad White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional
23 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Mellow Johnny's all s.t.
24 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 5:53
25 Jesse Moore (USA) California Giant/Specialized
26 Marc De Maar (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional both s.t.
27 Paul Mach (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling 6:05
28 Chris Winn (USA) Team Rio Grande 6:22
29 Carson Miller (USA) Veloforma P/B Byrne Invent
30 Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong
31 Sergio Hernandez (USA) NOW-MS Society
32 Ian Gray (USA) Team Rio Grande all s.t.
33 Taylor Shelden (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 6:32
34 Andres Diaz (USA) RaceMenu.com 6:34
35 Jonathan Baker (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team 6:36
36 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong 6:38
37 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong
38 Alex Dowsett (USA) Trek Livestrong both s.t.
39 Matt Cooke (USA) Team Mountain Khakis 7:27
40 Nick Waite (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling 7:42
41 Danny Summerhill (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 8:02
42 David Glick (USA) RideClean p/b PatentIt.com 9:06
43 Michael Olheiser (USA) Moontoast Racing 11:04
44 Peter Salon (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team s.t.
45 Alister Ratcliff (USA) BikeReg.com / Cannondale 13:16
46 Tom Peterson (USA) DZ Nuts 13:48
47 Aaron Pool (USA) Fuji Test Team 14:48
48 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 17:57
49 Ignacio Pereyra (Arg) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 20:55
50 Walker Savidge (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team
51 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team
52 Ian Holt (USA) Team Rio Grande
53 Thomas Rabou (USA) Team Type 1 all s.t.
54 Taylor Kneuven (USA) Adageo Energy Elite 21:06
55 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) BISSELL Pro Cycling 21:25
56 Eric Losak (USA) Bike Religion 21:33
57 Christian Helmig (USA) Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team
58 Evan Hyde (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro both s.t.
59 Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong 21:43
60 Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita
61 Paul Thomas (USA) RideClean p/b Patentit.com
62 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia
63 Roman Kilun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional
64 Kyle Wamsley (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling
65 James Mattis (USA) California Giant/Specialized
66 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia
67 Justin Spinelli (USA) Team Pista Palace
68 Mike Mathis (USA) RideClean p/b Patentit.com
69 Clay Murfet (Aus) RideClean p/b PatentIt.com
70 Brad Bingham (USA) Team Rio Grande
71 Chase Pinkham (USA) Trek Livestrong
72 Kevin Rowe (USA) team exergy
73 Cameron Cogburn (USA) CCB/Wheelworks
74 Marsh Cooper (Can) Rubicon-ORBEA all s.t.
75 Aaron Heun (USA) Bike Religion 23:10
76 Osvaldo Olmos (USA) California Giant/Specialized 25:47
77 Joshua Bartlett (USA) Rubicon-ORBEA 30:08
78 Christopher Aten (USA) Bicycle Haus Racing 31:00
79 Kris Lunning (USA) Above Category Racing 33:21
80 Brad Winn (USA) Primal Racing p/b 1st Bank 34:48
81 Phil Gaimon (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling s.t.
82 Travis Mccabe (USA) Bicycle Haus Racing 34:53
83 Jonathan Awerbuch (USA) team exergy 35:07
84 Brandon Lynch (USA) team exergy s.t.
85 Zachary Davies (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team 36:05
86 Eddy Kwon (USA) s.t.
87 Blair Berbert (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 39:16
88 David Harward (USA) Canyon Bicycles
89 Corey Farrell (USA) NOW-MS Society
90 Mike Tettleton (USA) Bike Religion
91 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1
92 Nick Walker (Aus) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team all s.t.
93 Victor Riquelme (USA) TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing 43:01
94 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Mellow Johnny's 43:59
95 Connor Spencer (USA) Metromint Cycling 50:42
96 Julian Martinez (USA) California Giant/Specialized 52:35
97 Diego Yepez (USA) Bike religion 52:35
98 Chris Hongjesse Sergent (USA) team exergy 1:09:01
99 Paul Ward (USA) Atlantic Velo present by Sano Bici 1:09:40
100 David Brockbank (USA) Canyon Bicycles 1:23:12
101 Adam Carr (USA) Adageo Energy Pro Cycling
102 Mike Sohm (USA) Canyon Bicycles both s.t.
DNF Neil Coleman (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro
DNF Cesar Grajales (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro
DNF Matty Rice (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro
DNF Pat Caro (USA) Bike Religion
DNF Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling
DNF Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling
DNF Peter Latham (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling
DNF Cody O'reilly (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling
DNF Sid Taberlay (Aus) California Giant/Specialized
DNF Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia
DNF David Tanner (Aus) Fly V Australia
DNF Ivan Dominguez (USA) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita
DNF Nick Frey (USA) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita
DNF Nick Keough (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling
DNF Chris Monteleone (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling
DNF Jacob (Jake) Rytlewski (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling
DNF James Stemper (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling
DNF Jared Gilyard (USA) RideClean p/b Patentit.com
DNF Patrick Bevin (NZl) Rubicon-ORBEA
DNF Quinn Keogh (USA) Rubicon-ORBEA
DNF Mike Northey (NZl) Rubicon-ORBEA
DNF Roman Van Uden (USA) Rubicon-ORBEA
DNF Mark Batty (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Éric Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Charly Vives (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Chris Stuart (USA) team exergy
DNF Mark Hekman (USA) Team Mountain Khakis
DNF Will Hoffarth (USA) Team Mountain Khakis
DNF Joey Rossskopf (USA) Team Mountain Khakis
DNF Scott Tietzel (USA) Team Mountain Khakis
DNF Corey Carlson (USA) Trek Bicycle Store
DNF Allen Krughoff (USA) Team Rio Grande
DNF Tim Roe (USA) Trek Livestrong
DNF Cody Stevenson (USA) Adageo Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Nathaniel English (USA) Echelon Gran Fondo/ZteaM
DNF Chuck Coyle (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team
DNF Joe Lewis (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team
DNF Nathan Wilson (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
DNF Colt Trant (USA) Matrix/RBM
DNF Kolt Bates (USA) Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team
DNF Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team
DNF James Lanham (USA) Moontoast Racing
DNF Danny Heeley (USA) NOW-MS Society
DNF Eric Marcotte (USA) Team Pista Palace
DNF Corey Steinbrecher (USA) Team Pista Palace
DNF Kenneth Hanson (USA) Team Type 1
DNF Brian Cornelius (USA) TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing
DNF Keck Baker (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson/Sonoma
DNF Chirs Carr (USA) GS Boulder/Trek
DNF Tiago Depaula (USA) DEPAULA RACING
DNF Tucker Olander (USA) Veloforma p/b Bryne Invent
DNF Daniel Rooke (USA) AZPhalt Cycling
DNF Michael Stone (USA) Hincapie Development
DNF Jeff Zygo (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling
 
Final GC
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Mellow Johnny's 13:47:05
2 Tom Danielson (USA) DZ Nuts at 0:59
3 David Zabriskie (USA) DZ Nuts 1:09
4 Phillip Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia 1:10
5 Luis Amaran (Cub) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 2:11
6 Andrew Talansky (USA) California Giant/Specialized 2:36
7 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia 2:44
8 Rory Sutherland (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 3:20
9 Corey Collier (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 3:31
10 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) teamgive Presented by 3:43
11 Chris Baldwin (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 3:51
12 Max Jenkins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 3:53
13 Robert Britton (Can) BISSELL Pro Cycling 3:59
14 Patrick Mccarty (USA) Matrix/RBM 4:45
15 Jesse Sergent (USA) Trek Livestrong 4:45
16 Alex Hagman (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 5:44
17 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Mellow Johnny's 6:53
18 Jai Crawford (Aus) Fly V Australia 7:21
19 Brad White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 7:38
20 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 8:28
21 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 8:35
22 Paul Mach (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling 8:52
23 Caleb Fairly (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 9:02
24 Jason Donald (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 9:11
25 Taylor Shelden (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 9:21
26 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong 9:43
27 Jesse Moore (USA) California Giant/Specialized 10:16
28 Marc De Maar (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 10:29
29 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong 10:35
30 Andres Diaz (USA) RaceMenu.com 11:58
31 Matt Cooke (USA) Team Mountain Khakis Fueled By 12:10
32 Carson Miller (USA) Veloforma P/B Byrne Invent 13:02
33 Jonathan Baker (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team 13:08
34 Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong 13:08
35 Alex Dowsett (USA) Trek Livestrong 13:46
36 Ian Gray (USA) Team Rio Grande 13:48
37 Danny Summerhill (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 14:00
38 Chris Winn (USA) Team Rio Grande 14:42
39 David Glick (USA) RideClean p/b PatentIt.com 15:08
40 Michael Olheiser (USA) Moontoast Racing 15:50
41 Peter Salon (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 19:33
42 Morgan Schmitt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 20:04
43 Nick Waite (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling presented by 22:05
44 Aaron Pool (USA) Fuji Test Team 22:46
45 Alister Ratcliff (USA) BikeReg.com / Cannondale 22:58
46 Tom Peterson (USA) DZ Nuts 24:48
47 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 26:30
48 Christian Helmig (USA) Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team 28:35
49 Ignacio Pereyra (Arg) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 28:57
50 Taylor Kneuven (USA) Adageo Energy Elite 29:23
51 Walker Savidge (USA) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 29:24
52 Kevin Rowe (USA) team exergy 31:33
53 Sergio Hernandez (USA) NOW-MS Society 31:49
54 James Mattis (USA) California Giant/Specialized 32:04
55 Chase Pinkham (USA) Trek Livestrong 32:18
56 Thomas Rabou (USA) Team Type 1 32:42
57 Kyle Wamsley (USA) BISSELL Pro Cycling 33:02
58 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) BISSELL Pro Cycling 33:23
59 Marsh Cooper (Can) Rubicon-ORBEA 33:45
60 Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 33:59
61 Brad Bingham (USA) Team Rio Grande 34:35
62 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia 34:45
63 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 35:37
64 Clay Murfet (Aus) RideClean p/b PatentIt.com 36:14
65 Justin Spinelli (USA) Team Pista Palace 36:39
66 Roman Kilun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional 36:50
67 Mike Mathis (USA) RideClean p/b Patentit.com 41:13
68 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia 42:27
69 Evan Hyde (USA) OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro 42:58
70 Osvaldo Olmos (USA) California Giant/Specialized 43:23
71 Brad Winn (USA) Primal Racing p/b 1st Bank 43:48
72 Ian Holt (USA) Team Rio Grande 44:43
73 Kris Lunning (USA) Above Category Racing 46:10
74 Paul Thomas (USA) RideClean p/b Patentit.com 46:36
75 Phil Gaimon (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling presented by 46:42
76 Cameron Cogburn (USA) CCB/Wheelworks 46:43
77 Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong 47:05
78 Christopher Aten (USA) Bicycle Haus Racing 47:46
79 Nick Walker (Aus) Holowesko Partners Cycling Team 53:01
80 Zachary Davies (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team 56:22
81 Travis Mccabe (USA) Bicycle Haus Racing 1:01:51
82 Jonathan Awerbuch (USA) team exergy 1:03:27
83 Joshua Bartlett (USA) Rubicon-ORBEA 1:04:03
84 Mike Tettleton (USA) Bike Religion 1:06:23
85 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Mellow Johnny's 1:07:53
86 David Harward (USA) Canyon Bicycles 1:11:01
87 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 1:11:32
88 Aaron Heun (USA) Bike Religion 1:15:30
89 Eddy Kwon (USA) 1:22:12
90 Brandon Lynch (USA) team exergy 1:26:20
91 Diego Yepez (USA) Bike religion 1:26:25
92 Corey Farrell (USA) NOW-MS Society 1:26:52
93 Julian Martinez (USA) California Giant/Specialized 1:39:47
94 Connor Spencer (USA) Metromint Cycling 1:41:10
95 Blair Berbert (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 1:43:39
96 Victor Riquelme (USA) TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing 1:46:13
97 Paul Ward (USA) Atlantic Velo present by Sano Bici 1:48:32
98 Adam Carr (USA) Adageo Energy Pro Cycling 2:01:18
99 Chris Hongjesse Sergent (USA) team exergy 2:05:20
100 Mike Sohm (USA) Canyon Bicycles 2:08:56
101 David Brockbank (USA) Canyon Bicycles 2:24:33

 


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