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USA Pro Challenge champ Leipheimer expected to defend Tour of Utah title
SALT LAKE CITY — Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer is expected to race in the Tour of Utah now that his No. 4-ranked team has accepted an invitation to the event.
Tour of Utah President Steve Miller confirmed Monday that Omega Pharma-Quick-Step will compete Aug. 7-12.
Leipheimer won the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado in August 2011.
The Tour of Utah is the first major weeklong stage race following the Tour de France and London Olympics. The addition of the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team means seven teams from the Tour de France will be racing in Utah.
Six of the world's top 15 international cycling teams have committed.
Leipheimer is a Utah fan favorite. He attended high school in Utah.
He is racing this week at the Tour of Switzerland.
Tour of Switzerland after 3 stages:
1. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa, Portugal, Movistar, 11 hours, 6 minutes, 57 seconds.
2. Frank Schleck, Luxembourg, RadioShack-Nissan, 8 seconds behind.
3. Roman Kreuziger, Czech Republic, Astana, :15.
4. Thibaut Pinot, France, FDJ-Big Mat, :19.
5. Nicolas Roche, Ireland, AG2R La Mondiale, :21.
6. Thomas Lovkvist, Sweden, Sky Procycling, same time.
7. Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Movistar, :23.
8. John Gadret, France, AG2R La Mondiale, :24.
9. Mikel Nieve, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, :26.
10. Tom Danielson, United States, Garmin-Barracuda, :29.
13. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Omega Pharma-Quickstep, :37.
36. Brent Bookwalter, United States, BMC, 2:21.
46. Thomas Peterson, United States, Garmin-Barracuda, 3:18.
47. Lucas Euser, United States, Spidertech, 3:33.
54. Timothy Duggan, United States, Liquigas-Cannondale, 4:41.
89. Alex Howes, United States, Garmin-Barracuda, 9:15.
120. Edward King, United States, Liquigas-Cannondale, 13:53.
121. Tyler Farrar, United States, Garmin-Barracuda, 14:02.
136. Caleb Fairly, United States, Spidertech, 17:21.