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Leipheimer won't be ready for Tour of Utah

Published July 23, 2009 7:05 pm

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While the Tour of Utah is ready for Levi Leipheimer to make his return to racing by participating in the August event, Leipheimer won't be.

Leipheimer, who is in California recuperating after breaking his wrist in the Tour de France, won't be cleared by doctors to race in the Tour of Utah from Aug. 18-23, according to race director Terry McGinnis. Doctors want to keep Leipheimer in a cast longer than previously thought.

Leipheimer was in fourth place overall in the Tour de France when he skidded out and slid into a curb, suffering the injury.

Leipheimer's coach, Max Testa, is hopeful that Leipheimer can race in the U.S. road and time trial national championships held Aug. 29-30 in Greenville, S.C. He is also expected to race in the Tour of Missouri, Sept. 7-13.

Even without Leipheimer's participation, the Tour of Utah will boast a strong field with Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title, and Francisco Mancebo, the fourth-place finisher in the 2005 Tour de France, racing.

In addition, local pros Jeff Louder, the 2008 winner who rides for BMC and Burke Swindlehurst, who races for Bissell, will be strong contenders.

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