Levi Leipheimer

  
  


Levi Leipheimer
Levi Leipheimer

Date of Birth: October 24, 1973
Height: 5'7"/1.7m
Weight: 140 lbs./63.5 kg./10.0 st.
Place of Birth: Butte, Montana
Hometown: Santa Rosa, California
Residence: Santa Rosa, California
Teams: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step (2012); Team RadioShack (2010-2011); Astana (2008-09); Discovery Channel (2007); Gerolsteiner (2005-06); Rabobank (2002-04); U.S. Postal (2000-01); Team Saturn (1998-99); Colorado Cyclist (1997)
Website: www.levination.com
Follow: Facebook.com/Leipheimer

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results

  • 2001 UCI Road World Championships (4th place, Time Trial) — Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2004 Olympic Games (DNF, men’s road race) — Athens, Greece
  • 2008 UCI Road World Championships (4th place, Time Trial) — Varese, Italy
  • 2008 Olympic Games (Bronze Medal, men’s time trial; 11th, men’s road race) — Beijing, China

Career Highlights

  • 2007 USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Champion
  • 2007 USA Cycling Professional Tour Champion
  • 1999 U.S. National Time Trial Champion
  • 1st — 2012 Tour de San Luis — Overall, Stage 4 (ITT)
  • 1st — 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge — Overall, Stages 1 & 3
  • 1st — 2011 Tour de Suisse — Overall
  • 1st — 2011 Tour of Utah — Overall (2nd in Stages 3 & 5)
  • 1st — 2010 Tour of the Gila — Overall, Stage 1
  • 1st — 2010 Tour of Utah — Overall, Stage 2
  • 1st — 2010 Leadville Trail 100 MTB
  • 1st — 2009 Tour of California — Overall, Stage 6 (ITT)
  • 1st — 2009 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon — Overall, Stage 2 (ITT)
  • 1st — 2009 Tour of the Gila — Overall, Stage 1, Stage 3 (ITT)
  • 1st — 2009 Tour de France — Stage 4 (TTT)
  • 1st — 2007 Tour de France — Stage 19
  • 1st — 2008 Tour of California — Overall, Stage 5 (ITT)
  • 2nd — 2011 Tour of California — Overall (2nd in Stage 6, 1st in Stage 7)
  • 2nd — 2008 Vuelta a España — Overall (1st in Stages 5 & 20)

Points of Interest

  • Levi and his wife, Odessa, founded Freedom Hill, a charitable organization that promotes animal welfare. The couple advocates for many animal rights initiatives, including A Leg Up, Sonoma County’s Forgotten Families and Best Friends.
  • At the age of 30 Levi was the youngest member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Cycling Team.
  • Following a breakthrough season in 2001 when he finished third overall at the Vuelta a España, Levi has since placed in the top 10 of the Tour de France four times, winning two stages.

Personal

Levi Leipheimer followed in the footsteps of legendary cyclists Lance Armstrong, Bobby Julich and Greg LeMond when he became the fourth American ever to finish on the final podium at the Tour de France. Levi is one of only 10 Americans who have won a stage of the Tour.

A competitive Alpine skier, Levi switched to cycling at age 19 while he was a student at the University of Utah after using the bike for cross-training purposes. Levi had a solid year as a domestic pro in 1999, capped by his win in the U.S. National Time Trial. He gained attention following this achievement from several UCI ProTour squads, and has raced since 2000 for some of the world’s top cycling teams, including the U.S. Postal Service (USA), Rabobank (NED), Gerolsteiner (GER), Discovery Channel (USA), Astana (LUX) and Team RadioShack (USA). Today he is known as one of the world’ top Grand Tour riders.

Away from competitive cycling, Levi and his wife Odessa are well-known animal lovers, and promote animal welfare causes throughout the United States. The couple has six cats and two dogs, and Levi and Odessa act as spokespersons for PETA to promote animal population control. They have cared for more than 100 foster animals in their home as part of their animal rescue work.


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