Tour of California Gets Leipheimer

Wednesday, May 11, 2011  |  Updated 11:57 AM PDT
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Tour of California Gets Leipheimer

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Levi Leipheimer headlines Tour of California field

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Three-time champion Levi Leipheimer will lead Team RadioShack in the sixth annual Tour of California.

Leipheimer won the nearly 800-mile race from 2007-09.

 Race sponsor AEG announced the preliminary start list Wednesday.

The eight-stage road race begins Sunday in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and ends May 22 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.  It makes a stop in San Jose.

Defending champion Michael Rogers of Australia won't ride this year because of a virus that caused him to miss training time.

Americans David Zabriskie and Christian Vandevelde will lead Team Garmin-Cervelo. American George Hinicapie and 20-year-old rising star Taylor Phinney will ride for BMC Racing Team. Andy
 Schleck of Luxembourg will lead Leopard Trek, one of 18 teams in the field.
 

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