Leipheimer beats DZ Nuts’ Zabriskie. Writer goes nuts.

Gila monsters

This and many other snappy headlines just in from the Tour of the Gila:

Leipheimer busts DZ Nuts’ Danielson.

Radio Shack rider goes balls-to-the-wall to win against DZ Nuts.

No cajones for DZ Nuts in battle with Mellow Johnny.

Leipheimer the man, sacks DZ Nuts.

Danielson can’t make nut as Leipheimer takes solo victory.

Radio Shack star cracks DZ Nuts at finish line.

Crowd goes nuts as Leipheimer wins stage from DZ Nuts.

Nut cracker Leipheimer hammers DZ Nuts’ Zabriskie.

DZ Nuts unable to “protect their junk” as Leipheimer takes opening stage.

Balls bounce wrong way for DZ Nuts’ Tom Danielson.

Danielson drops ball in battle with Leipheimer.

Mellow Johnny hanging loose after big win against DZ Nuts.

Mellow Johnny’s Leipheimer hits DZ Nuts where it hurts.

Cesar Grajales loses touch of DZ Nuts Danielson, falls to third place.

Danielson sore after tough DZ Nuts loss.

Podium girl falls for DZ Nut’s Danielson.

DZ Nuts’ Danielson not so nuts about loss to Leipheimer.

Yes, stage one of the Gila was a thrilla. More wisdom to come so hold onto your junk.

Okay, back, had to slip into some silk boxers — my junk was chafing.

Levi, the 2009 defending champ –  and Mellow Johnny #2 after Lance —  was the strongest man up the final Mogollon climb. Which put him in first place, DZ Nuts’ Tom Danielson in second and Cesar Grajales (OUCH-Bahati Foundation) in third. An amusing podium if there ever was: Mellow, Nuts, OUCH.

“Compared to last year it seemed more competitive,” said Leipheimer after the stage. “Dave Zabriskie, Tom Danielson and the others were all going well. The beginning of the stage wasn’t bad but the winds picked up and made the race quite a bit harder.”

Some commentators may find this whole Gila thing kind of odd for prep work but not Armstrong or Leipheimer. “I am on schedule for my first goal of the season, the Tour of California. After a useful break, it is always good to measure yourself against other riders.” said Leipheimer. “It is also good to get out there and into the routine of racing.”

The first stage of the 2010 Gila is in the record books but there are plenty more to come. Gila is a big nut to crack.

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