Saturday, August 11, 2007

Floyd Is Back - Landis 2nd despite crash

Five-time Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race winner Dave Wiens was first across the line again on Saturday, but Floyd Landis - despite a bloody crash early on - finished right behind him in second.

Wiens completed the out-and-back course in 6:58:46, bettering last year's finish of 7 hours and 13 minutes, with Landis crossing less than two minutes behind him. Mike Kloser was third, some 10 minutes off the pace.

Landis, riding on a surgically repaired hip, told The Associated Press that he crashed about an hour into the race. At the finish he sported scrapes on elbows and forearms, bandages on three fingers and blood-soaked gauze swaddling one leg from just above his knee to his hip.

"I'm never going to do this again," he joked, then added: "I'm glad I came and did this. I really enjoyed it."

Landis, who tested positive during last year's Tour for a skewed testosterone-epitestosterone ratio, then subsequently for exogenous testosterone, has spent most of this season on the sidelines, awaiting the findings of an arbitration panel.

His only other competition came June 2 during the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, where he finished nearly 25 minutes behind the winner.

Leadville Trail 100 MTB race
1. Dave Wiens, 6:58:46
2. Floyd Landis, 7:00:30
3. Mike Kloser, 7:10:23
4. Max Taam, 7:31:27
5. Jake Rubelt, 7:34:51
6. Thane Wright, 7:37:02
7. Mike Hogan, 7:37:42
8. Ryan Hamilton, 7:42:16
9. Thomas Dooley, 7:44:59
10. Adam Plummer, 7:45:26
11. Nat Ross, 7:47:37
12. Travis Macy, 7:53:35
13. Todd Carver, 7:55:12
14. Nate Whitman, 7:56:30
15. Dax Massey, 7:57:09
16. Jim Silverman, 7:58:02
17. Daniel Murray, 7:58:15
18. Kimo Seymour, 7:58:46
19. James Kahkoska, 7:59:37
20. Ward Baker, 8:01:59

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