Former mountain bike cross country pro Dave Wiens won his sixth consecutive Leadville 100 offroad race in Colorado Saturday, setting a new course record of 6:45.47, with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finishing second in 6:47.41.
With more than 1,000 racers participating in the annual event, the pressure was on from the beginning. Wiens, 43, took his place in the first row of the start line minutes before the race began. Wiens and Armstrong broke away from a lead group of 10 at the halfway point, and worked like roadie teammates to increase their lead.
Armstrong, who splits his saddle time 50/50 with road and dirt, was yo-yoing with Wiens on the climbs and descents before acquiesing victory with 10 miles remaining. Wiens is married to Susan DeMattei, bronze medalist in the women’s cross country at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Disgraced Tour racer Floyd Landis pushed Wiens to set a course record in 2007, finishing second.
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