cycling utah August 1999
BOULDER, COLO. America’s Tour De France cycling superstar, Lance Armstrong has confirmed his entry in the Mercury Tour mountain bike race in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Aug. 25-29.
In 1998, Armstrong’s only mountain bike competition was at the NORBA Championship Series race in Deer Valley. Despite starting at the end of the field, Armstrong surged to the front at the top of the first climb. After several laps in the lead group, he retired from the race due to leg cramps and chain problems. Despite not finishing, Armstrong’s debut mountain bike effort illustrated his enormous potential.
June 21, 1999- Levi Leipheimer of the Saturn Cycling Team repeated his overall victory in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce.
Leipheimer took the leader's jersey on the third stage and held his lead through the final stage to win the race with 41 seconds over Jan Hruska and 1:27 over Scott Moninger (Mercury ).
Besides Leipheimer's win by 45 seconds in stage three, he also won the points competition while the Saturn Team won the team classification.
Alfred Billie, 38, of Salt Lake City was killed on June 16 when he was run over by delivery truck. The accident occurred at 9:40 a.m. at 21st South and Redwood Road. Billie was riding northbound in the southbound lane when the delivery truck turned from 21st South going east to southbound Redwood Road hitting Billie, according to Lt. Phil Kirk of the Salt Lake City Police Depart-ment. Police said that the driver, Eric Wood, did not see the cyclist. Billie died at the scene.
Bradley Wolfe died on July 20 following injuries sustained in an car-bike accident on July 19. The 9-year-old was hit by a van driven by a 48-year-old- woman when the boy apparently went through a yield sign said Det. Rob Hall of the Murray Police Dept. He suffered massive leg and head injuries despite wearing a helmet.
The boy was traveling on 1011 W. and was hit when he crossed into Potomac Drive. The woman's vision was partially obscured by the setting sun. The two friends he was with were not hit.
Brad Buccambuso, Logan Race Club, won the Tour de l'Abitibi stage race held from July 21-25.
The Tour de l'Abitibi is a major international stage race for juniors in Canada. He won the stage four road race by a margin of 16 seconds, the individual time trial by 17 seconds, the team time trial and the overall GC. He rode for the Arizona Select composite team.
The latest striped bike lane in Salt Lake City will be 2300 East, staring near Foothill Village and heading south to the City boundary.
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