Leipheimer wins time trial, young Slovenian takes overall lead

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN - Janez Brajkovic took the overall lead in the Tour de Georgia on Thursday, finishing 11th in the fourth stage.

The 23-year-old Slovenian, who rides for the Discovery Channel team once led by Lance Armstrong, finished the 27.8-mile time trial up Lookout Mountain in 47 minutes, 28.9 seconds. American Levi Leipheimer won the trial at 44:51.78.

Brajkovic took the overall lead from Spain's David Gracia Canada, who slipped to fifth after finishing 39th in the stage.

Brajkovic has a cumulative time of 14 hours, 21 minutes, 52 seconds for a 12-second lead over Christian Vande Velde of the United States. Rubens Bertogliati of Switzerland was another 1:10 behind in third place.

The seven-stage event will end Sunday with a circuit race through downtown Atlanta.

Leipheimer easily won the time trial, which began near the site of a historic Civil War battle at Chickamauga and ended on Lookout Mountain, where another decisive struggle was waged between North and South.

American David Zabriskie was the only other rider within a minute of the winner's mark, finishing 41 seconds behind.