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Leipheimer.......America's future in cycling?(8 posts)

Leipheimer.......America's future in cycling?I Love Shimano
Oct 3, 2001 1:33 AM
Given Levi's stellar performance in the Vuelta. Could he be bred to be the next Lemond or Lance? He's shown that he can climb and time trial.
re: Leipheimer.......America's future in cycling?/others to lookTC
Oct 3, 2001 6:20 AM
Floyd Landis and Chris Wherry. These 2 guys aren't far behind Levi. Landis lit up the Tour de lAvenir a couple of years ago and Wherry made a very respectable showing at the Tour of Langkawi.Finished 3rd and is a good all-arounder. Rumor has it that Landis may secure a spot next year with USPS.

Congrats to LL for his stunning performance at the Vuelta this year.

He'll be 28 this year. Not much breeding time left.Elefantino
Oct 3, 2001 6:26 AM
Same with with Freddie Rodriguez (who can't climb anyway) and George Hincapie (ditto).

Christian Vandevelde is only 25, on the other hand, and still learning as a grand tour rider. And David Zabriskie, who a lot of people really like, is only 22. Both are on the Postal team, too. Another to watch is Floyd Landis of Mercury, only 26, who won a stage of the Tour of Langkawi and finished fifth.
He'll be 28 this year. Not much breeding time left.Pave
Oct 3, 2001 8:33 AM
Agreed about VDV, Zabriskie and especially Landis. Another to watch is David Clinger, who last I saw was with Festina, also pretty young and very fast. Anyone know where he is these days? Can't be with Festina much longer...
Link to all U.S. cyclistsElefantino
Oct 3, 2001 6:27 AM
Oct 3, 2001 9:08 AM
Don't forget that US riders are riding for other teams.
Kevin Livingston
Freddie Rodrigez
Tyler Hamilton

All amazing riders!
Oct 3, 2001 9:18 AM
Don't forget:

Bobby Julich (formerly with Credit Agricole, now with Telekom)
Jonathan Vaughters (still with with Credit Agricole, ex-USPS)

And of course the non-American American rider:

Guido Trenti (Cantina Tollo, or whatever they changed their name to)
re: Leipheimer.......America's future in cycling?danK
Oct 3, 2001 12:51 PM
That's what they said about Julich.
A 3rd in Le Tour is much more impressive than a 3rd at Vuelta. It was the Vuelta, right? Anyway, one race does not make the next LeMond.

I'd put my money on other Americans before Levi.