GREENVILLE, S.C. - Levi Leipheimer of Butte, Montana, took the lead from his teammate in the final three finishing circuits, to win the road race title at the USA Cycling Professional Championships.
He finished the 110-mile road race at Greenville, South Carolina in 4 hours, 22 minutes, 19 seconds. That was 1 minute and 11 seconds ahead of George Hincapie, who won the road race championship in his hometown of Greenville last year.
Third place was taken by Neil Shirley of San Diego -- 1 minute, 14 seconds behind the winner. Shirley edged out three-time USA Cycling pro road race champion Fred Rodriguez. Leipheimer took third place at the 2007 Tour de France. He says "2007 has been a dream come true."
The race started with 114 riders, but only 30 finished.
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