Santa Rosa Cyclist Leipheimer Hit By Car In Spain

GUENES, Spain (CBS/AP) – American cyclist Levi Leipheimer felt “lucky to be alive” after he was hit from behind by a car while training for a race.

Leipheimer, who lives in Santa Rosa, was treated at a hospital for a sore and swollen lower left leg, but he had no broken bones, his Italian team said. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider was training by himself for the Tour of Basque Country.

Leipheimer was to be examined again Monday in California before a date can be set for his return to racing, the team said.

“This is one of those mornings when feeling like I got run over is actually true,” Leipheimer wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Yes I was hit by a car directly from behind, didn’t see or hear it coming. One of the scariest experiences of my life.”

The 38-year-old former teammate of Lance Armstrong will skip the six-stage Spanish race, which began Monday.

Spanish rider Jose Joaquin Rojas won a sprint finish in the 95-mile opening stage. The Movistar rider crossed the line in front of Wout Poels of the Netherlands and Fabian Wegmann of Germany.

Tuesday’s second stage is a 103-mile leg from Guenes to Vitoria, the Basque capital.


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