Mountain: Armstrong Wins Leadville 100, Sets Course Record

2009/08/17

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Lance Armstrong raced his Top Fuel 9.9 SSL to Leadville 100 victory on Saturday, rewriting the record books in the process by shattering the course’s previous best time by more than 15 minutes. His sights set on breaking the record from the outset, the seven-time Tour de France Champion joined an elite group of riders in setting a brutal early pace; it was a pace that six-time winner Dave Wiens described as the fastest he’s ever seen. As the leaders started up the 10-mile Columbine climb, gaining roughly 3,000 feet of elevation before topping out at nearly 12,500 feet, Armstrong simply rode away from the pack. For the next 60 miles Armstrong rode alone, eventually finishing almost 30 minutes ahead of second place finisher, Dave Wiens.

In addition to Armstrong’s individual win, it was a day won by Trek’s Top Fuel, which walked away with five of the top seven finishes, including overall victory.

1. Lance Armstrong 6:28:50.9
2. Dave Wiens 6:57:02.0
3. Matt Shriver 7:09:48.5
4. Alex Grant 7:10:54.1
5. Len Zanni 7:11:21.0
6. Max Taam 7:16:56.0
7. Travis Brown 7:22:05.5