Ask most Americans if they know who Levi Leipheimer is and they’ll give you a blank look. Mennonite author, Jewish poet, fashion designer and guy with a beard were some actual responses people gave when asked who they thought he was.
The reality is, Leipheimer is neither a Mennonite nor a poet, he spends most of his time wearing, but not designing tight clothing and he shaves nearly all the hair on his body. But for good reason. Leipheimer is one of the best American cyclists you’ve never heard of.
Now, go down to your local coffee shop on a Saturday morning and ask any of the spandex-clad beanpoles who Leipheimer is and they’ll choke on their macchiatos in a rush to extol his accomplishments. As a rider for Team Discovery and then Team Astana, his highlights include winning the Tour of California in 2007, 2008 and 2009; third place in the 2007 Tour de France; second place in the 2008 Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) and a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He’s also a friend and teammate to the only American cyclist everyone has heard of, Lance Armstrong.
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Levi Leipheimer, an American cyclist you oughta know