Levi: I'll be following Lance
Friday, July 15, 2005 11.00pm
Gerolsteiner's Levi Leipheimer says he won't be rushing into attacks on Lance Armstrong this weekend
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After leaving the Alps in sixth position on general classification, Levi Leipheimer admitted in Miramas on Friday that he would look to consolidate as the race hits the Pyrenees at the weekend.
Currently 3-58 down on race leader Lance Armstrong on GC, Leipheimer appeared pessimistic about the likelihood of the Discovery Channel team and its leader being vulnerable to attacks either at Ax 3 Domaines on Saturday or Pla d'Adet the next day.
"For me, the emphasis will be on following Lance," Leipheimer confided before Friday's stage 13. "As long as Discovery have the race under control I don't think there's much sense in risking an attack and trying to gain time.
"I'll try to save everything for Pla d'Adet," the 31-year-old Gerolsteiner man continued. "That stage is very long and each climb is harder than the next. We're also getting towards the third week now, so tiredness is beginning to set in within the peloton. I, personally, feel better than ever, and I'm not afraid of the heat in the Pyrenees either."
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