LEIPHEIMER SNATCHES CALIFORNIA PROLOGUE

Levi Leiphmeimer

Levi Leipheimer snatched victory in the prologue time trial of the Tour of California on Sunday and so will wear the leader?s yellow jersey on the first road stage to his hometown of Santa Rosa on Monday.

Leipheimer beat raw talent Jason Donald (Slipstream) by a single second, stopping the clock for the 1.9-mile course to the summit of Coit Tower in a time of 4:49.05. Donald was the surprise fastest time for most of the day but then Leipheimer snatched the win after starting last in front of an estimated 250,000 crowd in downtown San Francisco. Another little-known American Ben Jacques-Maynes (Priority Health), was third at five seconds.

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