Levi Leipheimer did his best Lance Armstrong imitation in the Paris Nice prologue time trial.
He’s not ready to perfect Lance’s walk or his vocal inflections or imitate his touch with the ladies but as far as racing a bike fast over a 22km time trial in a Radio Shack jersey and tying the time of arch rival Alberto Contador, well, impressive stuff.
Riding the Bike With A Thousand R Logos, Levi posted the third fastest time behind winner Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank). While Armstrong was by his own admission under-whelmed with his 8th place finish in the Murcia time trial, Leipheimer looked positively Lance-like.
Thinking Lance now needs extra work, Johan Bruyneel is debating adding races to Lance’s calendar. Levi, on the other hand, can relax in true Boss fashion and enjoy the excellent start to his season. Possible name change: Lance Leipheimer.
Levi has earned the Week In Lance’s Shoes Award that culminates with a Hollywood dream date with the blonde starlet of his choice and the chance to babysit all four of Lance’s kids. Good things happen when you ride super fast, even faster than Lance.
Just ask Radio Shack’s Sébastien Rosseler how his WILSA was. After giving Radio Shack its first win of the season, Sébastien got the keys to Lance’s 1970 Pontiac GTO, 12 cases of Michelob Ultra beer and a $100 gift certificate to the Oakley store.
Congrats to Levi. Love the Armstrong imitation. Texas boy, Montana boy — it’s all the same, right?