Tour of Utah: Levi Leipheimer hopes to fend off growing group of talented young cyclists
"I have not raced in Utah," he said when asked if he was familiar with the course. "I made the mistake and looked at (the course map), and it promises to be one of the very, very hard courses. It's very hot out there, and with the altitude, it's going to be a very demanding, very hard race. I'm afraid that it just might be that (the toughest stage race)."
He said racers coming from other countries and states have no choice but to deal with the difficult conditions.
"There is no magic," he said. "We just accept the given circumstances."
He praised some of the other riders, including U.S. Olympic team member Timmy Duggan. And then he praised American fans.
"I like that they cheer for everybody," he said. "I like this fair play spirit here."
The race begins today in Ogden at 10:15 a.m., with Wednesday's team trial being held at Miller Motor Sports Park in Tooele. The race's website — www.tourofutah.com — has detailed route information, including what time fans in different communities can see these world-class riders battle for the 2012 crown.
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