California 5: Leipheimer wins time trial, still in gold

Astana leader smokes Millar by 29 seconds

Astana's Levi Leipheimer blazed through the 15-mile individual time trial around Solvang today to win Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California. His winning time was 30.47, just 29 seconds ahead of Slipstream-Chipotle racer David Millar.

American Christian Vande Velde (Slipstream-Chipotle) finished third, 45 seconds off Leipheimer's pace. Teammates Millar and Vande Velde sit second and third in the general classification as well, a result of their impressive race against the clock today. Reigning world champion Fabian Cancellara (CSC) finished fifth in Solvang.

Stage 5 results: Solvang 15-mile time trial

1 Levi Leipheimer (USA, Astana) 30.47

2 David Millar (GBr, Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30) 0.29

3 Christian Vande Velde (USA, Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30) 0.45

4 Gustav Larsson (Swe, Team CSC) 0.57

5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi, Team CSC) 1.05

6 David Zabriskie (USA, Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30) 1.15

7 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Astana) 1.19

8 Tom Zirbel (USA, Bissell Pro Cycling) 1.24

9 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA, Bissell Pro Cycling) 1.25

10 Kim Kirchen (Lux, High Road) 1.28

For complete results and overall standings from's Mark Zalewski, click here. For the live coverage transcript from Sue George, with reporting from Mark Zalewski and Kirsten Robbins, click here. For more California blogging by Procycling's resident junk-food fiend Daniel Friebe, munch on over here.


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