Vuelta a Castilla y Leon stage two photo gallery, by Graham Watson>>

The American Levi Leipheimer smashed the opposition in the second stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon today, a 28.2km time trial around Palencia.

The Astana rider set a time of 33-17 for the course, with last year’s winner Alberto Contador 0-18 down, whilst Leipheimer also snatched the race leader’s red jersey.

Dave Zabriskie (Garmin) was third at 22 secs whilst Stef Clement (Rabobank) lost 49 secs to Leipheimer to take fourth.

CASTILLA Y LEON STAGE TWO RESULTS

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 28.2km in 33-17


2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana at 18secs

3. Dave Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 22secs

4. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank at 49secs

5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank at 55secs

6. Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1-16

7. Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 1-17

8. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing at 1-33

9. Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-36

10. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-39

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE TWO

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana in 5-05-10


2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana at 18secs

3. Dave Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 22secs

4. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank at 49secs

5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank at 55secs

6. Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1-16

7. Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 1-17

8. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing at 1-33

9. Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-36

10. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-39

imageAlberto Contador came second

imageLevi Leipheimer powers into the race lead

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