Danny Pate and Tejay Vangarderen confer late in the stage
Levi Leipheimer holds onto the overall race lead after a high paced circuit race around the Capitol Hill area of Salt Lake City. Temperatures in the mid nineties played a role nearly as important as that of the riders. Fast paced racing shattered the field into two major groups and numerous trailing riders with the largest time gap between the two being 2:45 seconds. A day long break away of 20 riders formed driven by Fransisco Mancebo (Realcyclist) Joining Mancebo has team mate Thomas Rabou. Also present, Lucas Euser and Pat McCarty (Spidertech-C10),Paul Mach and Chris Baldwin (Bissell) Tim Duggan and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) who managed to hold off a chase group powered by Radioshack and HTC-Highroad. Garmin-Cervelo placed Christian Vandevelde and Peter Stetina in the break. Javier Acevedo (Gobernacion Indeportes Antioquia) took home the stage win with a late attack out of the remnants of the breakaway. The general classification remains tight with Leipheimer leading Sergoi Henao by a mere 23 seconds. Radioshack holds down the third spot overall with Janez Brajkovich. The time split between first and fourth is only 29 seconds. Fifth place rider Christian Vandevelde sits 1:18 off the top step. Sunday is the Queen Stage, 101 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing will make this stage the determining factor in the final classification.
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