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A good day for Leipheimer at the Vuelta.(6 posts)

A good day for Leipheimer at the Vuelta.Largo
Sep 30, 2001 9:04 AM
What a great finish for this guy.
Herras must be bumming.
Seeing guys like this who come from out of nowhere, really, who put there heart into it, and challenge the leaders, puts a smile on my face.
Forget David Millar, Leipheimer gets my vote as most promising new rider.
How old is he anyway?
Go Levi!bike_junkie
Sep 30, 2001 9:36 AM
Levi will be 28 in October. I agree this was a phenomenal finish for him. Best finish ever for an American in the Vuelta, I believe. He's quite a good climber and TT'ist, so it's fair to say USPS could target him as a go-to guy for grand tours. He seems to fill the hole left by Tyler Hamilton quite nicely, a super-domestique that could be team leader given the go ahead.

Heras wasn't as sharp this year, but seemed to be getting stronger as the race wore on. I guess we'll never know if he was fatigued from the TdF, but I think Casero's TT ability nailed it for him. If Heras can't climb away from everybody, he risks losing any lead on the TTs, where is is good, but not at the level of a guy like Casero who can also climb. Other things worth noting:
- Nobody could shake Jiminez in the mountains, but his TT ability kills him for overall.
- It's pretty clear Olano is done. He used to really be a factor in the Vuelta, and he's not even in the top of the TT finishers.
- I thought Postal's Rubiera was impressive, 7th overall! He can absolutely climb with the best, and TTs well for a climber.
- Oscar Sevilla, the TdF's best young rider, nearly won this Vuelta. He needs to work on his TT a little, and that will come
with age, but I see this guy as the next dominant GT rider. He'll be out to win the Vuelta next year, and I bet he can podium
in the Tour. He's so good (already) it's scary.

Great race, a few days ago, I thought it could have gone to any one of 3 or 4 guys. More exciting than the Tour which was pretty much wrapped up long before the end.
agree with everything except...RB
Sep 30, 2001 1:33 PM
didn't Jiminez lose over 12 minutes in one mountain stage?
re: A good day for Leipheimer at the Vuelta.peloton
Sep 30, 2001 4:33 PM
Lots of good days for NA cyclists lately. Lance at the Tour, Levi at the Vuelta, Alison and Roland at the MTB Worlds. Who says you have to be from Europe to pedal fast?
re: A good day for Leipheimer at the Vuelta.Jon
Oct 1, 2001 10:42 AM
This is a great result for Levi, especially after his disappointment at not making the TdF selection.
What a great way to end a season. Also gives USPS some options for next year. How about
Postal's 2nd place team placing? Next year Lance might find more competition than just Ullrich, in
the person of Casero! Though given his age he's got a few developmental years left to gain overall
strength. All in all, this was a memorable Vuelta.
Live chat w/ Levi on Thurs, Oct 4th, 4PM E.T., olntv.comShad
Oct 1, 2001 1:12 PM
I have no affiliation with the channel or website, but did find the chat last Thursday with Phil & Paul worthwhile.