Leipheimer: 'Lance had to wait for me today'

Levi Leipheimer Giro 2009 stage 16

Levi Leipheimer (Astana) lost two and half minutes to all main rivals in the Giro d?Italia on the climb to Monte Petrano and dropped from third overall, 43 seconds behind Denis Menchov, to sixth at 3-21.

Leipheimer was unable to hold the pace when Ivan Basso and Carlos Sastre began to attack on the climb to the finish and claimed it was only thanks to Lance Armstrong that he didn?t lose even more time.

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