Darren Lill (Fly V Australia) won the final stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila on Sunday, after attacking his breakaway companions 16 miles from the finish and riding alone to finish six seconds ahead of a chase group.
Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) came in a few seconds later, securing his second overall win at the New Mexican stage race.
Tom Danielson (DZ Nuts) held on to his second-place overall at the race that served as a Tour of California training week for a handful of top riders. Danielson showed he is in top form ahead of California with a blistering attack that briefly shed Lance Armstrong (Mellow Johnny’s) from the lead chase group on the climb from the Gila Cliff Dwellings, leaving Leipheimer without a teammate on the tough climb.
It was the second year that a Fly V rider has won the mountainous final stage, called the Gila Monster. The team scored another honor when Phil Zajicek moved onto the podium to third place by outsprinting the chase group and taking a handful of seconds from Dave Zabriskie (DZ Nuts), who had held that position.
Armstrong, who rejoined the elite chase group after Danielson’s attack, impressed many by powering the chase group for about 20 kilometers, pulling Leipheimer closer to Lill and the remnants of the breakaway.
1. Darren Lill (Fly V Australia)
2. Max Jenkins (UnitedHealthcare)
3. Robert Britton (Bissell)
4. Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners)
5. Burke Swindlehurst
6. Jesse Sergent (Trek-Livestrong)
7. Phil Zajicek (Fly V)
1. Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s)
2. Tom Danielson (DZ Nuts)
3. Phi Zajicek (Fly V)
4. Dave Zabriskie (DZ Nuts)
Courtesy Steve Frothingham and www.velonews.com