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Tour of Missouri: Cav tops again, Vande Velde holds lead

  • By Steve Frothingham
  • Published Sep. 13, 2008
  • Updated Sep. 17, 2008 at 10:58 AM EST

By Steve Frothingham

2008 Tour of Missouri, Stage 6: Mark Cavendish wins again.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Team Columbia and Garmin-Chipotle continued to pound one another — and the rest of the field — at the Tour of Missouri, with Mark Cavendish taking stage 6 in a sprint and Christian Vande Velde retaining the jersey after his Garmin teammates patrolled the front on an aggressive, windy day.

Toyota-United’s Ivan Dominguez took second, followed by Jelly Belly’s Brad Huff, a Missourian native hoping for a home-state win.

2008 Tour of Missouri
Stage 6, Hermann to St. Charles
110 miles/177km
27.4 mph/44.1kmh
Winner: Mark Cavendish (Columbia) won his third Missouri stage, and the fourth for Columbia in this year’s race.
Leader: Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) retained the lead he took in the stage 3 time time trial.
Points: Eric Baumann (Sparkasse) joined the day’s break and won all three of the intermediate sprints to retake the points lead from Cavendish.
Team GC: Columbia leads, followed by BMC and Sparkasse.
KOM: With no mountain points awarded in Sunday’s circuit race, Dominque Rollin (Toyota-United) locked up the KOM win Saturday.
Peloton: Ten riders dropped out on Saturday. Most were involved in one of the two crashes: Daniel Holloway (Garmin), Omar Diaz (Rock Racing), Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing), Sergion Hernandez (Rock Racing), Henk Vogels (Toyota-United), Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita), Luca Damiani (Colavita), Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit), David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit), Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly).

The day’s break

An 11-man break was on the move for most of the 96-mile stage from Hermann to St. Charles, with Garmin getting some help in its chasing duties from Symmetrics, which had Svein Tuft’s third-place GC spot to defend. Columbia, which had Bernard Eisel in the break, was uninterested in helping chase.

The most dangerous man in the move, GC-wise, was BMC’s Jeff Louder, who started the day in 9th, 2:42 down on Vande Velde.

The breakaway had a maximum advantage of more than four minutes, before Garmin and Symmetrics got serious and started bringing down the gap.

Crosswinds and Columbian bombs

After rolling down from the hills toward the flat floodplain of the Missouri River valley, Columbia’s Dutch team director, Tristan Hoffman, felt at home, and ordered his riders to go on the attack, in hopes of shaking Vande Velde from the group.

Up front, Eisel split from the dwindling breakaway just as it was about to be caught. He solo’d for two miles while Columbia’s George Hincapie, Marco Pinotti, Michael Barry and Michael Rogers traded attacks and hammering at the front of the dwindling front group.

As Eisel was caught, Pinotti went with a move by Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas). That, too, was shut down by Garmin.

Coming into the final 4km, Columbia took the front and wound it up for Cavendish. A few teams jockeyed for position — Health Net even got two guys on the front within the final kilometer — but Mark Cavendish isn’t one for sharing when it comes to sprints. Hincapie led him around a tight corner with 700 meters to go — a corner where several other riders near the front almost lost it. He bombed across the line in his green points jersey, claiming his third win of the seven-stage Tour of Missouri.

Afterward Cavendish showed his usual gratitude for his team, and straight-faced confidence.

2008 Tour of Missouri, Stage 6: Eisel took a late-race solo flyer that fell a little short.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“With the team I’ve got, I’ve got no chance of losing,” he said. Asked if he had researched the American-based sprinters he has faced in Missouri, Cavendish said he had heard of some of them. “To be honest I’m not afraid of anyone, no matter where they are from or where they race, you know?”

Vande Velde said the day had two challenges: his own nerves in the opening miles, and the crosswind section near the end.

“Always at the beginning it takes me a while to really feel good,” he said. The crosswind section, where Columbia threw down a series of attacks, did not stress Vande Velde much. “We hadn’t used up all our riders, we still had some bullets,” he said.

“We knew they were going to throw everything at us.”

Race Notes

  • Dominque Rollin (Toyota-United), is one of the larger riders to win a KOM title. The Canadian sprinter won the points title at the Tour of California this spring. “Hopefully I can go for the GC at the next stage race,” he said.
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    Results

    Stage Results: | (GC Results)

    1. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Columbia
    2. Ivan Dominguez (CUB) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at
    3. Brad Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
    4. Michael Van Stayen (BEL) Rabobank
    5. Luis Hernandez (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara
    6. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o
    7. John Murphy (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis
    8. Boy Van Poppel (NED) Rabobank
    9. Richard England (AUS) Bissell Pro Cycling
    10. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o
    11. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas
    12. Alejandro Borrajo (ARG) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
    13. Richard Faltus (CZE) Team Sparkasse
    14. Rob Ruijgh (NED) Team Sparkasse
    15. Svein Tuft (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team
    16. Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis
    17. Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
    18. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia
    19. Michael Rogers (AUS) Team Columbia
    20. Dirk Muller (GER) Team Sparkasse
    21. Nicholas Sanderson (AUS) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
    22. Michael Barry (CAN) Team Columbia
    23. Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o
    24. Pablo Aranda Juan (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara
    25. Danilo Wyss (SUI) BMC Racing Team
    26. Andreas Schillinger (GER) Team Sparkasse
    27. Dominique Rollin (CAN) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
    28. Benjamin Day (AUS) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
    29. Davide Frattini (ITA) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
    30. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team
    31. Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast
    32. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas
    33. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
    34. Gianni Da Ros (ITA) Liquigas
    35. Jeremiah Wiscovitch (USA) Rock Racing
    36. Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team, at
    37. Martin Kohler (SUI) BMC Racing Team
    38. Karl Menzies (AUS) Health Net Presented By Maxxis
    39. Marco Pinotti (ITA) Team Columbia
    40. Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
    41. Thomas Rabou (NED) Rabobank, at 8
    42. Carlos Oyarzun (CHI) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 8
    43. Matej Mugerli (SLO) Liquigas, at 8
    44. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 8
    45. Amaran Romero Luis (CUB) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 8
    46. Gustavo Artacho (ARG) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 8
    47. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 8
    48. Marcel Beima (NED) Rabobank, at 8
    49. Thomas Berkhout (NED) Rabobank, at 8
    50. Kai Reus (NED) Rabobank, at 8
    51. Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank, at 13
    52. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 16
    53. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 16
    54. Matthew Rice (AUS) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 16
    55. Darren Lapthorne (AUS) Team Sparkasse, at 24
    56. Lars Wackernagel (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 24
    57. Kirk O’bee (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 29
    58. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing, at 29
    59. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 29
    60. Rory Sutherland (AUS) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 29
    61. Eric Baumann (GER) Team Sparkasse, at
    62. Danny Pate (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o
    63. Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 1:52
    64. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 2:08
    65. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 2:08
    66. Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 2:08
    67. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 2:08
    68. Jetse Bol (NED) Rabobank, at 2:08
    69. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 2:08
    70. Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 2:08
    71. Eric Wohlberg (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 2:08
    72. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 2:08
    73. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 2:08
    74. Francesco Chicchi (ITA) Liquigas, at 2:08
    75. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Liquigas, at 2:08
    76. Bernardo Tepoz (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 2:08
    77. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 2:08
    78. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 2:08
    79. Cameron Evans (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 2:08
    80. Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 2:08
    81. Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 2:08
    82. Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 2:08
    83. Ryan Anderson (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 2:08
    84. Hilton Clarke (AUS) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 2:17
    85. Sebastian Frey (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 2:17
    86. Andrew Randell (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 2:17
    87. Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 2:17
    88. Ben Jacques-maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 2:22
    89. Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team Columbia, at 2:30
    90. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 3:53
    91. Lui Colunga (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 6:38
    92. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 10:23
    93. Caleb Manion (AUS) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 10:23
    94. Will Routley (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 10:23
    95. Andrew Pinfold (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 12:15


    GC Results: | (Stage Results)
    1. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin/Chipotle Presented By H3o
    2. Michael Rogers (AUS) Team Columbia, at 18
    3. Svein Tuft (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 48
    4. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia, at 1:03
    5. Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 1:32
    6. Benjamin Day (AUS) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 1:33
    7. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas, at 1:54
    8. Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 2:39
    9. Dominique Rollin (CAN) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 2:42
    10. Michael Barry (CAN) Team Columbia, at 2:47
    11. Dirk Muller (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 3:18
    12. Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 3:23
    13. Danilo Wyss (SUI) BMC Racing Team, at 3:42
    14. Marco Pinotti (ITA) Team Columbia, at 4:08
    15. Eric Baumann (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 4:56
    16. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 5:19
    17. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 6:48
    18. Richard Faltus (CZE) Team Sparkasse, at 7:28
    19. Andreas Schillinger (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 7:30
    20. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 7:46
    21. Thomas Rabou (NED) Rabobank, at 10:54
    22. Bernardo Tepoz (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 12:38
    23. Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 16:31
    24. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team, at 19:53
    25. Rory Sutherland (AUS) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 20:04
    26. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas, at 20:12
    27. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 20:34
    28. Amaran Romero Luis (CUB) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 20:48
    29. Martin Kohler (SUI) BMC Racing Team, at 20:54
    30. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 21:14
    31. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 21:16
    32. Danny Pate (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 21:20
    33. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Columbia, at 21:24
    34. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 21:40
    35. Matej Mugerli (SLO) Liquigas, at 21:53
    36. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 22:13
    37. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing, at 22:24
    38. Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 22:33
    39. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 22:42
    40. Thomas Berkhout (NED) Rabobank, at 22:44
    41. John Murphy (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 22:45
    42. Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 22:52
    43. Brad Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 23:19
    44. Karl Menzies (AUS) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 23:24
    45. Davide Frattini (ITA) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 23:25
    46. Ben Jacques-maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 23:26
    47. Marcel Beima (NED) Rabobank, at 23:31
    48. Carlos Oyarzun (CHI) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 23:42
    49. Richard England (AUS) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 23:49
    50. Boy Van Poppel (NED) Rabobank, at 23:50
    51. Kai Reus (NED) Rabobank, at 23:54
    52. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin/chipotle Presented By H3o, at 24:01
    53. Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 24:04
    54. Pablo Aranda Juan (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 24:09
    55. Matthew Rice (AUS) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 24:36
    56. Eric Wohlberg (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 24:41
    57. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 24:43
    58. Nicholas Sanderson (AUS) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 24:47
    59. Michael Van Stayen (BEL) Rabobank, at 24:54
    60. Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank, at 25:08
    61. Hilton Clarke (AUS) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 25:17
    62. Alejandro Borrajo (ARG) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 25:19
    63. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 25:23
    64. Luis Hernandez (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 25:25
    65. Francesco Chicchi (ITA) Liquigas, at 25:29
    66. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 25:34
    67. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Liquigas, at 25:39
    68. Cameron Evans (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 25:54
    69. Gustavo Artacho (ARG) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 26:24
    70. Ryan Anderson (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 26:40
    71. Jeremiah Wiscovitch (USA) Rock Racing, at 26:49
    72. Gianni Da Ros (ITA) Liquigas, at 26:57
    73. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 27:07
    74. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 27:29
    75. Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light, at 27:41
    76. Darren Lapthorne (AUS) Team Sparkasse, at 27:47
    77. Ivan Dominguez (CUB) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 28:00
    78. Kirk O’bee (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 28:44
    79. Andrew Randell (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 28:52
    80. Rob Ruijgh (NED) Team Sparkasse, at 28:55
    81. Jetse Bol (NED) Rabobank, at 29:08
    82. Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 29:14
    83. Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 30:00
    84. Lars Wackernagel (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 30:30
    85. Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis, at 30:43
    86. Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 30:52
    87. Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, at 31:06
    88. Lui Colunga (MEX) Tecos De La Universidad Autonoma De Guadalaiara, at 32:45
    89. Will Routley (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 33:03
    90. Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team Columbia, at 34:00
    91. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 35:18
    92. Caleb Manion (AUS) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, at 35:51
    93. Sebastian Frey (GER) Team Sparkasse, at 36:57
    94. Andrew Pinfold (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling Team, at 37:56
    95. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling, at 38:32

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