Stage 5 Results
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 50.57 (50.049 km/h)
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - 51.09
3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas -51.30
4 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana - 51.46
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 51.56
6 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) CSC-Saxo Bank - 52.03
7 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC-Saxo Bank - 52.04
8 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram - 52.12
9 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Silence-Lotto - 52.16
10 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner - 52.16

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"Astana's Levi Leipheimer takes the lead and the time trial win in Spain.
By Andrew Hood

Back in 2001, Levi Leipheimer became the only American to stand on the Vuelta a España podium with a breakout third-place finish that announced his arrival to the elite levels of the sport.

Flash forward to Wednesday's 42.5km individual time trial on the flat, wide-open roads around Cuidad Real and Leipheimer made more history at the Vuelta.

Following a fabulous come-from-behind victory, Leipheimer becomes the fifth American to win a Vuelta stage and just the second to wear the leader's jersey. " Read more from

"Double success for Leipheimer
By Shane Stokes

Astana's Levi Leipheimer has shown strong form in the first individual time trial of this year's Vuelta, winning the 42.4-kilometre Ciudad Real time trial and snatching the gold leader's jersey.

The Olympic bronze medallist started slowly but accelerated through the race against the clock, overhauling long-time leader Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) by 33 seconds and fending off French time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel, who was twelve seconds slower.

This proved crucial for the American as he ended the day just two seconds ahead of the Cofidis rider in the general classification. Alejandro Valverde had a solid time trial, placing fifth, and remained third overall. He ended the day 59 seconds behind Astana rider Leipheimer."

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