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Punked by Levi
Friday, April 17, 2009 - Race Reports
It was a long hard day at the Sea Otter Classic. The course was basically 8 hilly loops at Fort Ord with a 3k finishing climb. Levi Leipheimer was there so our 10 strong Bissell squad was watching him.

The plan was to force Levi to do as much work as possible and not go into the final climb with him. There are only about 5 guys in the world that can take him on a climb like that and we knew that.

Two laps in a 10 man break formed with 4 Bissell, me, Morgan, BJM and Burke. Levi was in it too. With about 4 laps to go we started sending guys off the front, forcing Levi to work. He did, a lot, but we still went into the final climb together.

There was a bunch of attacking at the bottom, but it ended with me and Levi up the road for the last 2k. I knew I had no chance, but still put in a few digs. It was useless and he came around me with about 100 meters to go.

The place was Levi crazy. The neutral feed guys were yelling "Levi, Levi, Levi" forgetting about the rest of us.

It even spread to Velonews. I don't know why they think I'm his training partner.

After the podium I actually had a conversation with Levi. Yeah, he asked me some questions and I responded. It wasn't just, "Hey Levi, can you turn around so I can take your picture."

Tomorrow is the legendary circuit race. Last year was pain, I hope this year is better.


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Williams Cycling
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 9:19 pm
Hey, you could have flicked Levi off the road the last 2k. Well, maybe that wouldn't be a good idea. Or, grabbed his jersey like the last stage of the Tour of Turkey when Boss brought down the GC leader. Hmm...no. Well, at least your were able to ride with him up to the line. I'm sure he was full gas and wondering who is that BiSsIlL guy. By the way, that is the proper way to spell BiSsIlL...every other word is capitalized.





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