Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) extended his overall race lead in the Tour of California on Friday after dominating the key 14.5-mile time trial in Solvang, north of Los Angeles.

Starting last as raced leader, the little American battled against a strong head wind on the first part of the course and then used his better climbing ability to beat Jens Voigt (CSC) by 18 seconds. Leipheimer?s team mate Jason McCartney was third at 25 seconds as Discovery Channel and CSC dominated, taking the first nine places on the stage.

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