JUYONGGUAN, China Two U.S. cyclists with Salt Lake ties fared on opposite ends of the final standings after the grueling men's road race on Saturday at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Levi Leipheimer, who attended Rowland Hall-St. Mark's, finished 11th with a time of 6 hours and 24.9 seconds, 20 seconds behind gold-medal winner Samuel Sanchez of Spain.
Salt Lake resident David Zabriskie, who has been battling nagging injuries this year, completed the opening 79-kilometer leg of the 240 km course and then dropped out after the first of seven 24-kilometer laps between the Great Wall sites of Juyongguan and Badaling in the mountains north of Beijing.
"I'm very satisfied," said Leipheimer, who was 51st with two laps to go and as far back as 70th several laps before that. "I was aggressive. I gave it everything I had. There's not a lot of places that I can look back and say that I should have done this or I should have done that. I did my best."
So did Zabriskie, whose specialty is the time trials, which is coming up next for both cyclists on Wednesday.
Leipheimer and other U.S. teammates saluted Zabriskie for his early race efforts in helping the Americans try to keep pace."Today, I was trying to stay on to help the other guys," said Zabriskie.