News from the front lines of the Tour of Utah may be a signal of things to come next year:
Currently Leipheimer is riding – not for Team Radio Shack – but for Mellow Johnny’s, while Phinney is riding for Trek-LIVESTRONG. Phinney’s team is a U23 development team – but Phinney has already ridden with Team Radio Shack in pro races this year.
Shall we look to Phinney to take the leadership position at Team Radio Shack in the years to come? Only time will tell. However, while besting Levi in the TT is indeed an impressive accomplishment, the GC landscape in the Tour of Utah shows the larger disparity between the riders. Leipheimer was sitting in first place at the start of the day of the TT, which Phinney back in 101st place, 34’46″ behind.
However, Phinney is sitting in second place in the sprinter’s competition, behind Fly V Australia’s David Tanner. A strong track background such as Phinney’s is a huge advantage in sprints and TTs – but the mountains are where stage races are won.
While the final results from Stage 3 have not yet been published, Leipheimer would appear to still be comfortably in first place after his second place TT performance.