Armstrong wins Leadville

Lance Armstrong  (Mellow Johnny's) won round two of the Leadville 100 battle with six-time winner Dave Wiens. Armstrong crossed the line solo, riding on a flat rear tire, on a sunny Saturday afternoon high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Racing for Mellow Johnny's, the seven-time Tour de France winner pedalled slowly against the resistance of his deflated tire across the red carpet leading uphill to the finish line, where spectators lined both sides of the road.

Wiens (Topeak Ergon) finished second, also riding on his own, approximately 25 minutes behind Armstrong. 

"I am beat.  I rode as hard as I could - a fantastic race.  Lance is fast," said Wiens to reporters gathered at the finish.  "This year's race was very different than last year's race."

"This year, Lance is coming off the Tour (de France).  Last year, Lance was coming off the couch," joked Wiens, who was happy with his second placed finish. It was soon after last year's Leadville race that Armstrong announced his return to professional cycling.

The Texan was slowed near the end by crowds who at times spilled onto the streets near the finish, but he'd worked earlier in the race to establish a very comfortable gap.

A group of leaders emerged early in the race, which started faster than previous years.  Matt Shriver (Fort Lewis College) was one rider setting the blistering pace for most of the first half of the race according to Wiens. Another was Travis Brown.  At about mile 40, Wiens suffered and dropped off the group.  Armstrong soon made his escape and rode more than half of the 100-mile event on his own in individual time trial mode.  Wiens worked his way up into a solid second-place finish.

Shriver rode strongly to finish third place.  After some time in fourth, he passed Alex Grant  after Grant crashed on the last downhill of the day.

Approximately 1,300 racers started the race at 5:45 am, just after it became light. They would have 12 hours to complete the event and earn an official time.

Race favorite Tinker Juarez abandoned the race after his seat clamp failed.  Two other favorites, Jeremiah Bishop and Levi Leipheimer, had to sit out the race due to injuries.

Specialized's Rebecca Rusch, who won the 24 hours of Adrenalin solo world championships at the end of July, was the fastest woman of the day in Leadville. She won with a time of 8:14:53, approximately one hour and 45 minutes behind Armstrong. Her time placed her in 30th overall among the men.

Amanda Carey finished 25 minutes behind Rusch for second place in the women's race.

Click here for a gallery of images from the 2009 Leadville 100

Wobbling across on a fully flatted rear, Lance Armstrong crossed the line in first, a new record of 6:28.

By the time Lance Armstrong cleared the first steep singletrack section, no other riders were visible on the horizon.

The moto riding must have helped Lance Armstrong tune up for the technical trail conditions.

Nearing the top of the tree line, Lance Armstrong keep the heat on - never dialing back the effort.

Lance Armstrong said after the race that the decision to go it alone was driven in part by the need to put in a big effort to warm up!

Despite a multi-minute lead, Lance Armstrong was constantly looking back afraid that Dave Wiens was coming up from behind.

Heading into the Columbine climb, Lance Armstrong was all alone about 1:30 ahead of the next closest rider.

You know Lance Armstrong is in the house when there is a helicopter following the Leadville 100!

Postcard scenery: Lance Armstrong powers along in the Leadville 100

Len Zanni, a training pal of Lance Armstrong from Aspen. He rounded out the top five.

Ft Lewis College racer Matt Shriver was an impressive third.

Despite pulling out with a bad seat clamp, Tinker Juarez was at the line to cheer on his fellow racers.

Dave Wiens' medal

After the event, Lance said that he'd like to be still racing Leadville when he is 50.

Post race inspection… FLAT.

Showing support, some crazed fans put "LA" in a huge Mt. Massive snow field.

The tire was going down…

Three Miles from the finish, the stress of a slowly leaking rear tire was showing on on Lance Armstrong's face.

Lance Armstrong said after the race that the decision to go it alone was driven in part by the need to put in a big effort to warm up!

Another concerned look, but no one was close.

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Results
1Lance Armstrong6:28:50
2Dave Wiens0:28:11
3Matt Shriver0:40:57
4Alex Grant0:42:03
5Len Zanni0:42:30
6Max Taam0:48:05
7Travis Brown0:53:14
8Manuel Prado1:06:36
9Mike Hogan1:06:44
10Jason Tullous1:06:56
11Eric Salstrand1:09:02
12Stig Somme1:12:12
13Kent Mcneill1:16:38
14Ward Baker1:18:00
15Ethan Passant1:19:07
16Bryson Perry1:21:31
17Kimo Seymour1:25:27
18Yuki Saito1:28:52
19Chris Holley1:30:41
20Chuck Gibson1:32:15
21Jake Rubelt1:32:16
22Mathew Davis1:34:44
23Bryan Alders1:35:05
24Jim Lehman1:38:05
25Gerry Cody, Jr.1:39:24
26David Renvoise1:40:56
27Charlie Hayes1:42:35
28Jarral Ryter1:42:52
29Ted Macblane1:45:50
30Rebecca Rusch1:46:02
31Jim Silverman1:46:45
32Scott Mccalmon1:47:26
33Nate Whitman1:50:00
34Kervin Quinones1:50:16
35Henry Fischer1:51:26
36Marc Wimmer1:52:06
37Cannon Shockley1:52:39
38Jason Asay1:52:46
39Mark Hershberger1:52:51
40Jeff Wardell1:52:56
41Steven Yore1:54:29
42Daniel Sessford1:54:44
43Garth Prosser1:54:57
44Stewart Goodwin1:55:11
45Rob Burgard1:57:43
46Peter Butt1:58:07
47Kevin Limpach2:00:21
48Kevin Carter2:00:48
49Jeffery Dickey2:01:04
50Daniel Murray2:01:17
51Thomas Dooley2:02:12
52Gary Brown2:02:57
53Andrew Reed2:04:11
54Steven Harp2:04:49
54Adam PulfordRow 54 - Cell 2
56Gabriel Keck2:05:01
57Matt Ohran2:05:51
58Mike Sutter2:06:40
59Dan Dittmer2:07:55
60Mark Gouge2:08:01
61Mark Aasmundstad2:08:27
62Peter Traylor2:09:06
63Brandon Fisher2:09:56
64Andrew Yates2:10:18
65Mike Danaher2:11:01
66Amanda Carey2:11:12
67Lance Schamberger2:11:14
68Brian Wiens2:11:28
69Ryan Sutter2:11:35
70Campbell Levy2:11:38
71Tom Torrance2:12:16
72Stan Magee2:12:17
73Andy Reed2:12:20
74Gary Holt2:13:09
75Zeppelin Tittensor2:13:42
76Dylan Netter2:14:01
77Hank Campbell2:14:25
78Mike Marolt2:14:35
79David Bott2:14:48
80Christopher Bellona2:14:57
81Ty Hall2:15:29
82Dan Knight2:15:46
82Todd MurrayRow 82 - Cell 2
84Brad Cobb2:16:24
85Mike Young2:16:40
86Larry Dewitt2:16:44
87Jeff Rhodes2:16:45
88Daniel Teodoru2:16:48
89Troy Hiatt2:18:27
90Wooch Graff2:18:36
91Mark Landeck2:19:05
92Tony Torrance2:19:10
93Colby Waller2:19:17
94Matt Luhn2:19:23
95Brandon Smith2:19:50
96Mike Maple2:19:53
97Bill Herwig2:20:04
98Kenny Jones2:20:11
99Tim Difalco2:20:21
100David Grant2:20:30
101Mike Moher2:22:02
102Eric Thompson2:22:03
103Stephen Roberts2:22:06
104Chris Latham2:22:38
105Andy Mcsorley2:22:52
106Matt Sniegowski2:22:56
107Derik George2:23:05
108Dejay Birtch2:23:22
109Bryan Reid2:23:30
110Bill Macfarlane2:23:37
111Michael Miller2:23:39
112Gerald Oliver2:23:45
113Aaron Walker2:23:52
114Michael Shea2:24:07
115Jay Lewandowski2:24:12
116Ryan Vanness2:25:30
117Bryant Christensen2:26:44
118Brandon Perry2:27:36
119James Selman2:28:12
120Ed Chauner2:28:23
121Mike Best2:28:29
122Zach Tittensor2:28:38
123Marvin Sandoval2:28:43
124Randy Guymer2:29:14
125Blake Mourer2:29:44
126Kc Holley2:30:29
127Thomas Covington2:30:31
128John Callahan2:31:03
129Dan Durland2:31:12
130Kirk Nordgren2:31:14
131Mark Smith2:31:24
132David Walker2:31:36
133Matt Maienza2:32:47
134Michael Archibeck2:33:23
135Richard Grabarits2:33:36
136Steve Butler2:33:52
137Brian Riebe2:34:23
138Bryan Bunch2:35:41
139Robert Mcgee2:36:37
140Terry Wickland2:37:09
141Ryan Hamilton2:38:09
142Rad Szulim2:39:03
143Andy Fox2:42:20
144Will Lewis2:42:22
145Mike Mchargue2:42:46
146Rick Sunderlage2:43:11
147Ron Castia2:43:14
148Conrad Guymon2:43:24
149Michael Scheuller2:43:38
150Garland Thayer2:44:02
151Adam Weaver2:44:44
152Tod Smith2:45:06
153Steve Marolt2:45:39
154Peter Riley2:45:45
155Jim Heidelberg2:45:46
156Dennis Barrett2:45:50
157Bobby Noyes2:46:57
158Wayne Gorry2:47:13
159Chris Latshaw2:47:34
160Tyrone Rimbert2:48:10
161Daniel Soderlind2:48:36
162Grant Clayton2:49:07
163Jeff Sumsion2:49:53
164Andrew Kroese2:50:32
165Ryan Amirault2:50:41
166Joshua Blum2:50:54
167Ned Rule2:51:06
168Phil Schweizer2:51:12
169Jon Gibans2:51:14
170Steven Riggle2:51:51
171Chris Hurst2:52:08
172Tyler Holland2:52:10
173Colin Trueman2:52:44
174Sean Karre2:52:54
175Doug Keiser2:53:21
176Darin Binion2:53:36
177Jeff Taylor2:53:43
178Thomas Ensign2:53:44
179Corey Coplea2:53:54
180Carlos Cardona2:54:17
181Filip Babnic2:54:51
182Mick Mcdill2:54:58
183Craig Terry2:55:38
184Douglas Davis2:55:50
185Jon Fugitt2:56:08
186Andrew Berget2:56:16
187Michael Blades2:56:29
188David Hassinger2:56:30
189Kurt Backofen2:56:59
190Sydney Lahtinen2:57:53
191Phillip Graham2:59:11
192Alex Koss2:59:49
193Todd RobisonRow 192 - Cell 2
194Paul Gorbold3:00:01
195Gregg Pattison3:00:04
196Mike Gettinger3:00:12
197Jody Elovitz3:00:25
198Steven Blackman3:00:40
199Dawn French Passant3:00:52
200Lynn Lee3:01:28
201Roger Stones3:01:34
202Jeff Soulier3:01:51
203Gary Stern3:01:58
204Jay Heim3:02:46
205Cary Mead3:02:56
206Scott Mcclement3:03:13
207Timothy Smith3:03:25
208Sam St.Pierre3:03:27
209Matthew Berdine3:03:33
210Ries Robinson3:03:37
211Nick White3:03:47
212Jamie Kilcoyne3:04:05
213Clay Wilson3:05:10
214Erik Riessen3:05:20
215Jonathan Lang3:05:31
216Jeff KlemRow 215 - Cell 2
217Jake Kirkpatrick3:05:42
218Sam Wang3:06:02
219James Herrera3:06:16
220Robert Piper3:06:37
221David Johnson3:06:50
222Jeff Doerr3:07:04
223Billy Masterson3:07:42
224Jeff Lambing3:07:51
225Mark Glasgow3:08:05
226Daniel File3:08:14
227Jan Bear3:08:33
228Mike Johnson3:09:03
229Stephen Mabry3:09:17
230Eral Bradley3:09:23
231Dan Nelson3:09:29
232Jack Edney3:10:03
233J. Mark Baird3:10:13
234Todd Kennedy3:10:27
235Philip Regnier3:10:29
236Jeff Hall3:11:40
237Brian Kozicki3:11:59
238Tim Crossen3:12:04
239Philippe Courtois3:12:09
240Michael Iddings3:12:12
241Mark Barrett3:12:35
242Scott Zarret3:12:39
243Steve Lipsher3:12:52
244Natalie Ryan3:12:54
245Stephen HardyRow 244 - Cell 2
246Rob Rowley3:12:56
247Peter France3:13:08
248Steve Caldwell3:13:39
249Kevin Abel3:13:45
250David Scheefer3:13:56
251Rick Mcdonald3:14:36
252David Jorgens3:14:37
253Lowell Petersen3:14:40
254James Dirksen3:15:02
255Justin Snow3:15:28
256Justin Hoblet3:15:45
257Alan Bennett3:15:48
258Chris Griffo3:16:03
259Jeff Vierling3:16:07
260Rob Bordan3:16:21
261Frank Dumont3:16:26
262Dan Grunnig3:16:36
263Thor Loechell3:16:39
264Douglas Schneebeck3:16:51
265Sean Hassinger3:17:04
266Stuart Walsworth3:17:38
267Clint Macarthur3:17:53
268Rich Digeronimo3:17:56
269Mark Stallone3:18:04
270Vince Adams3:18:14
270Sam ClarkRow 270 - Cell 2
270Tony ParkinsonRow 271 - Cell 2
270Jamie PogueRow 272 - Cell 2
274Ron Hewittson3:19:10
275Josh Teplitzky3:19:17
276Scott EllisRow 275 - Cell 2
277Mike Caldwell3:19:32
278Doug Lamatt3:19:49
279Charles Green3:20:00
280Shawn Candelaria3:20:19
281Clint Ball3:20:21
281Lee JohnsonRow 281 - Cell 2
283Dan Hughes3:20:42
284Gary Morris3:21:07
285David Grauer3:21:40
286Jason Haney3:23:22
286Marshall ReevesRow 286 - Cell 2
288Corey Hanson3:23:34
289Mike Loperfido3:23:56
290Bruce Kelly3:24:12
291Katie Brazelton3:24:36
292Blair Clark3:25:03
293Chad Millner3:25:13
294Bob Sack3:25:47
295Tamara Goeppel3:26:26
296Rachel Farrett3:27:10
297Ken Kreidl3:27:37
298David Neben3:27:41
299Jon Alby3:27:44
300Don Bartow3:27:47
301Brent Goldstein3:28:00
302Troy Waller3:28:18
303Dwight Hibdon3:28:25
304Brian Pinkerton3:28:39
305Clark Johnson3:28:41
306Bill Ruth3:28:44
307Tab Tollett3:28:47
308Samuel Robinson3:29:01
309Leon Fetzer3:29:04
310John Shumaker3:29:10
311Jose Zuniga3:29:27
312Mike Lewis3:29:29
313Michael Williams3:29:53
314Adam Stepanovic3:30:26
315Kevin Johansen3:30:27
316Roger Villmow3:30:36
317Stephen Hunter3:30:42
318Karl Vizmeg3:31:08
319Rob Belz3:31:21
320Dave Green3:31:35
321Zachary Schat3:32:09
322Dusty Hafen3:32:19
323Chris Carmichael3:32:51
324Mike Bartels3:33:40
325Dean Cahow3:34:01
326Rick Johnson3:34:16
327Jeffrey Williams3:34:22
328Joshua Maximon3:34:27
329Emily Brock3:34:59
330Dean Blatter3:35:05
331Paul BlatterRow 330 - Cell 2
332Highly Falkner3:35:30
333Ken Olson3:36:35
334Matt Langley3:36:47
335John Holder3:37:20
336Tom Kammerer3:37:48
337Scott Hurst3:38:20
338Gale Bernhardt3:39:14
339James Hurst3:39:18
340Stephen Lebovitz3:40:15
341J. Ross Holbrook3:40:23
342Jonathan Toner3:40:24
343Chris Peterson3:40:37
344Mark Quist3:40:42
345Brett Toliver3:41:14
346Chris Albers3:41:16
346Brian FeddemaRow 346 - Cell 2
348Sterling MudgeRow 347 - Cell 2
349Dennis Kaiser3:41:19
350Jacqui Wood3:41:43
351Lisa Rollins3:42:08
352Roger Hedlund3:42:21
353Jay GuyotRow 352 - Cell 2
354Bill Mcmillan3:42:40
355Thomas Tetz3:42:55
356Rick Sabata3:43:27
357Andy Pemberton3:43:39
358Chris Pemberton3:43:40
359Bob Finley3:43:44
360Andrew Miller3:43:49
361Jason White3:44:03
362Denny Runck3:44:23
363Peter Vajda3:44:25
364Kyle Rodemacher3:44:43
365Hayes Flynn3:44:55
366David Phelgar3:45:04
367Tom Freeman3:45:14
368Garret Rock3:45:31
369David Meissner3:46:03
370Gerald Hart3:46:19
371Jon Boltax3:46:25
372Dave Lindenberg3:46:30
373Riley Frazier3:46:37
374David Gonzales3:46:44
375Jeffrey Harrison3:47:04
376Dale Pierson3:47:07
377Jody Bailey3:47:12
378Robin Dutton3:47:13
379Steve Hunt3:47:19
380Scott Bigelow3:47:35
381Ty Ward3:47:48
382Peter Emery3:48:20
383Jeff Wu3:48:30
384Jeff Clapp3:48:53
385Theresa Pitman3:48:57
386Sheryl Miller3:49:02
387Cornelius Murray3:49:12
388Gary Johnson3:49:54
389Michael Hoblet3:50:00
390Aaron Holpp3:50:04
391Lance Palumbo3:50:07
392Jonathan Sandberg3:50:09
393Paul Reich3:51:14
394Nicette Quintero3:51:36
395Jonathan Tisdale3:51:37
396Steve Lufkin3:51:47
397Douglas Blackburn3:51:49
398Dennis Schueler3:51:57
399Todd Geer3:51:58
400Mike Durner3:52:09
401Tom Liebl3:52:18
402Calvin Cahoon3:52:23
403Bill Boughton3:52:29
404Brett Goett3:52:32
405Eric Ely3:52:43
406Roberts Adams3:52:49
407Steve Moss3:53:04
408Mark Fischer3:53:14
409Scott Chenue3:53:50
410Chris Castilian3:54:25
411Jilene Mecham3:54:40
412Jim Rutberg3:54:45
413Macky Morris3:54:50
414Chris Dondlinger3:54:59
415Emilio Dipretoro3:55:19
416Matthew Lieview3:55:41
417Greg French3:55:46
418Reed Malvick3:55:47
419Darin Carl3:55:51
420Todd Croke3:55:55
421Jason Ransdell3:55:57
422Charles Snyder3:56:00
423John Koch3:56:03
424Dave Edney3:56:15
425Bryan Antol3:56:27
426Thorne Butler3:57:02
427Jeff Dorwart3:57:08
428Tim Mckeon3:57:20
429Craig Nelson3:57:38
430John Millon3:57:48
431Kent Mcgrew3:57:50
432Jerry Hency3:58:13
433Eric Bright3:58:31
434Matthew Crane3:58:37
435Sergio Iniguez3:58:48
436Jc Jones3:58:51
437Ron Rel3:59:04
438David Rosenbaum3:59:08
439Jan Kriska3:59:31
440Ivan Schwendt3:59:32
441Jerry MensingerRow 440 - Cell 2
442Whitney Pogue3:59:39
443Laurie Brandt3:59:46
444Jordon Chaney4:00:00
445Shad Hamilton4:00:29
446Robert ReaderRow 445 - Cell 2
447William Wheeler4:00:35
448Tommy Robles4:01:15
449Charles Van Atta4:01:19
450Michael WinegarRow 449 - Cell 2
451Racer Gibson4:01:47
452Bob Kelder4:02:13
453Beau Stark4:02:16
454Lester Pardoe4:02:18
455Jeff Paffendorf4:02:25
456Barry Culp4:02:31
457John Sotir4:02:34
458Jamie Peters4:02:38
459Kim Kreb4:02:45
460David Spivey4:02:53
461Joshua Griffin4:02:57
462Dean Gregory4:03:01
463Andrew Holton4:03:43
464Craig Vaughn4:04:01
465Andrew Forbes4:04:03
466Fred Bacher4:04:06
467David Lee4:04:09
468Lawson Willard4:04:23
469Michael Berg4:04:27
470Steve Barnes4:04:29
471Ryan Poelman4:04:53
472Che Oliver4:04:54
473Henry Thompson4:05:04
474Roxanne Hall4:05:13
475Scott Bell4:05:44
476Brandon Melott4:05:50
477Aaron Bickham4:06:05
478Jason Kozicki4:06:20
479Tom Turney4:06:24
480Kent Carlson4:06:38
481Andre Odendaal4:06:47
482John Belkin4:07:00
483Edmund Webecke4:07:02
484Rodney Reber4:07:22
485Wade Schoech4:07:29
486James Ellis III4:07:38
487Julia Kintsch4:07:43
488Stanley Prutz4:07:50
489Jon James4:07:51
490Daniel Shaffer4:08:09
491Ellen Guthrie4:08:15
492Tyler Seamons4:08:40
493Greg Turner4:09:05
494Dan Sonnesyn4:09:20
495Tyler Watkins4:09:26
496Michael Schmit4:09:47
497Jeff Johnston4:09:58
498Whit Smith4:10:08
499Mimi Mather4:10:23
500Joey Roa4:11:04
501Craig Dalton4:11:08
502Kevin SpinelliRow 501 - Cell 2
503Chip Chilson4:11:09
504Jay Adler4:11:14
505Tyler Smith4:12:27
506Matthew Farley4:12:45