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Tour of Missouri 2009

Date range:
September 7-13, 2009

September 07, Stage 1: St. Louis - St. Louis 120.7km

Cavendish sprints to win in Missouri opener

By:
Kirsten Robbins and Peter Hymas
Published:
September 07, 2009, 23:18 BST,
Updated:
September 08, 2009, 7:01 BST

British rider also wins motorcycle

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) sprints to a win at the end of stage one in the Tour of Missouri.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) sprints to a win at the end of stage one in the Tour of Missouri.

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 The Labor Day holiday may be a day of leisure and a portent of an end to summer fun for the masses gathered in downtown St. Louis, but Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) proved he's all business as he outkicked his sprint rivals in the closing metres to claim stage one honours. Despite having his Columbia-HTC team controlling the peloton throughout the afternoon, it took a bit of improvisation approaching the finish for Cavendish to earn his 22nd victory of 2009.

Cavendish won in sight of the iconic Gateway Arch ahead of Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam).

"George [Hincapie] hit a pothole with about 200 metres to go and he was obviously in pain immediately," said Cavendish. "I told him to ease off and I jumped on Thor's wheel as he got a lead-out from his team-mates. I got on Thor's wheel and it was just a case of coming off his wheel and coming around him as close to the line as I could to save energy. It was an uphill, headwind finish and I think that plays to my advantage, to get the jump.

"It's great around here and there is so much support for me and my team that makes it special to be here,” he added. “There’s nothing more depressing than going to a race with dead roads and a dead finish. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of, all the people down the finish straight were tremendous."

Runner-up Haedo took the sometimes challenging road surface in his stride, although his final kilometres were a punishing affair for other reasons as he sought the most coveted wheel in the peloton.

"I followed Cavendish today in the sprint probably from two kilometres to go," said Haedo. "The other guys tried to kill me pretty much to get that wheel. I felt like I was in an Argentinean sandwich, I had one guy on the right and one guy on the left. I managed to be in one piece but for me, I'm pretty happy.

"I don't have too much support because most of my team is general classification guys so I have to go on my own,” he added. “I don't have a lead-out like these guys [Cavendish and Hushovd - Ed] and not to many options to play so I got on Cavendish's wheel."

Someone with options to play was Norway's Thor Hushovd whose final lead-out rider brought him around Cavendish with 300 metres remaining on the wide-open, slightly uphill finishing straight. Hushovd, though, also came to grief with a manhole cover in the final kilometre which made for a less than ideal sprint finish.

"It was a 70 km/h sprint. It wasn't too dangerous except for the holes in the road," said Hushovd. "I broke my [front] wheel with one kilometre to go but I sprinted anyway. With that much speed and my weight it is dangerous, but what can you do. In a sprint you don't slow down because there are 20 other guys who want to knock you down.

"Today Columbia controlled the race and Cervelo TestTeam overtook them in the last 300 metres, so I was really happy with my guys today,” he added. “I had Brett Lancaster as my last lead-out so that was perfect. He pulled all the way through the last corner and to 60 meters to go. I started my sprint but JJ and Cav passed me."

The first rider to cross the finish line in St. Louis had a special prize awaiting - a Buell 1125R motorcycle, valued at USD $15,000. Cavendish was well aware of the victor's award.

"I could see that white moto at the finish line and it was dangling like a carrot in front of me," said Cavendish.

When asked how the team will split the moto prize, Cavendish was quick to respond. "F*** 'em," he said with a laugh. "No, I don't know. I'm sure there's a way. We all celebrate our successes together and that includes prizes. As a professional bike rider that's usually prize money and obviously with a prize like this we will figure out a way to do it fairly."

Five riders crashed within the final kilometre at the latter portion of the peloton, including defending champion Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream), Heinrich Haussler and Andreas Klier (Cervelo TestTeam) plus Tom Zirbel and Peter Latham (Bissell Pro Cycling). All of the riders were given the same finishing time as stage winner Cavendish.

Gateway City kicks off third Tour of Missouri

The rains blanketing St. Louis in the days approaching the Tour of Missouri's opening stage were long gone on Monday, and the 118-rider strong field rolled off the downtown start line facing 10 laps of a 7.5-mile (12.1km) circuit. Perhaps soaking in the early lap scenery of St. Louis' majestic Gateway Arch and the aroma of hops wafting from the Anheuser-Busch brewery 4.1 kilometres into the downtown circuit, the peloton rolled along at a moderate 35 km/h.

Having completed the first pass of the famed brewery, two riders - Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) and Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) - fired the opening salvo of the Tour of Missouri and quickly gained 10 seconds on the field. The American duo remained off the front, but within sight, of the peloton after the first circuit.

Bradley White (OUCH Presented By Maxxis) jumped away from the peloton and attempted to reach the two escapees as he crossed the Market Street start/finish line. White's attempt proved unsuccessful, but two others counterattacked when White was brought back, Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) and Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo TestTeam). Cataldo and Hunt joined Pipp and Powers to form a leading four, but their stint together proved short-lived as they were all absorbed by the field on the circuit's longest straight, the 3.9-kilometre section of Broadway between the loop's second and third turns.

The next act of aggression would prove to be the day's decisive break as Tomas Vaitkus (Astana), Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank), and Moises Aldape Chavez (Team Type 1) escaped the peloton mid-way through the second lap. The leading trio scooped up all of the bonus seconds at the conclusion of lap two, the first of three intermediate sprints, as Vaitkus led Aldape Chavez and Anker Sorensen across the line. David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) would try to make the leading trio a quartet, but the Canadian's effort soon came to naught as he was brought back into the peloton.

In addition to three intermediate sprints during the stage at the end of laps two, five and eight, the riders had two opportunities to earn mountain classification points on Russell Boulevard's gradual ascent, 6.9 kilometres into laps four and seven. Anker Sorensen led Aldape Chavez and Vaitkus across the KOM line on lap four as the trio's lead stabilized at one minute over a Columbia-HTC led peloton.

The break's advantage ever so gradually decreased over the following four laps until the trio found itself only 15 seconds in front of a fast-moving peloton paced by Columbia-HTC. While the break was kept in check by Cavendish's teammates, the juncture to the escapees was not made before Aldape Chavez won the second and third intermediate sprints and Anker Sorensen captured the second KOM sprint.

The trio's seven-lap escape came to a close on lap nine as the teams of the sprinters - Columbia-HTC and Cervelo TestTeam - upped the tempo in anticipation of delivering their respective fast finishers to the line in a field sprint. Several riders were not content to let the sprinters get an armchair ride to the finish as first Matthew Crane (Jelly Belly) made a solo attack on the penultimate lap and Bradley White (OUCH Presented By Maxxis) and Shawn Milne (Team Type 1) sought stage glory on the final lap, but each break was soon neutralized after gaining no more than 10 seconds.

With five kilometres remaining on the final lap White and Milne were brought back by a Columbia-HTC driven peloton, who despite a hiccup in the final 300 metres delivered Cavendish to his 22nd win of 2009.

Musical jerseys

The 10-second bonus earned by Cavendish for the stage victory put him in the race lead, and the Briton also found himself at the top of the sprint classification and the young rider classification.

Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank) would claim the Tour of Missouri's first mountains classification jersey for his efforts off the front, while Moises Aldape Chavez (Team Type 1) would be unsure of what jersey he'd wear on Tuesday's second stage. The Mexican Team Type 1 rider won the most aggressive rider jersey and finished second in the sprinter's green jersey competition to Cavendish. Cavendish, however, has to wear the leader's yellow jersey on Tuesday's second stage.

"The break was good for my team because it would have been difficult to win in the sprint against a rider like Cavendish," said Aldape Chavez. "Sorensen won the first KOM. Thomas went for the sprint with me and he won. But I believe won the next two sprints. I'm not sure what jersey I'm supposed to wear tomorrow, the most aggressive or the green. Either way, having or wearing a jersey is really good for my team."

Aldape Chavez will wear the green sprinter's jersey on Tuesday, while his most aggressive rider's jersey will be worn by breakaway companion Tomas Vaitkus on tomorrow's 180.9km second stage from Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia-HTC 2:43:56  
2 J.J. Haedo AGR Team Saxo Bank    
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam    
4 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas    
5 Martin Gilbert (Can) Planet Energy    
6 Sebastian Haedo Lucas (Arg) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
7 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team    
8 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
9 John Murphy (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
10 Michael Friedman (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
11 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
12 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
13 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
14 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH-Maxxis    
15 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
16 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1    
17 Frederique Robert (Bel) Quick Step    
18 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
19 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
20 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas    
21 Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
22 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
23 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
24 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Quick Step    
25 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam    
26 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy    
27 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana    
28 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
29 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
30 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
31 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia-HTC    
32 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Planet Energy    
33 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
35 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC    
36 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
37 Jason Donald (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
38 Bradley White (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
39 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
40 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
41 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank    
42 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia-HTC    
43 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
44 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
45 Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana    
46 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1    
47 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
48 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
49 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
50 Ryan Roth (Can) Planet Energy    
51 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
52 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step    
53 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
54 Edward King (USA) Cervélo TestTeam    
55 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo TestTeam    
56 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
57 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia-HTC    
58 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH-Maxxis    
59 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
60 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
61 Michael Creed (USA) Team Type 1    
62 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
63 Walle Jurgen Van De (Bel) Quick Step    
64 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
65 William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
66 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
67 Darren Lill (RSA) Team Type 1    
68 Anker Sorensen Chris (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
69 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia-HTC    
70 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
71 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
72 Bradley Huff Charles (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
73 Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy    
74 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana    
75 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team    
76 Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy    
77 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
78 Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy    
79 Christopher Baldwin (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
80 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
81 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
82 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling    
83 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
84 Andrew Guptill (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
85 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
86 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
87 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia-HTC    
88 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
89 Andrew Pinfold (Can) OUCH-Maxxis    
90 Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC    
91 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
92 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas    
93 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
94 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
95 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
96 Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
97 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana    
98 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
99 Matthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
100 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana    
101 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
102 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
103 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1    
104 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 0:00:29  
105 Charly Vives (Can) Planet Energy    
106 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:00:37  
107 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:39  
108 Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light 0:00:44  
109 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1    
110 Timothy Johnson (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
111 Shawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1    
112 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1    
113 Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
114 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
115 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling    
116 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
117 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
118 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
General Classification after Stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia-HTC 2:43:46  
2 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1 0:00:02  
3 J.J. Haedo AGR Team Saxo Bank 0:00:04  
4 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana    
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:06  
6 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
7 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:10  
8 Martin Gilbert (Can) Planet Energy    
9 Sebastian Haedo Lucas (Arg) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
10 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team    
11 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
12 John Murphy (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
13 Michael Friedman (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
14 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
15 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
16 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
17 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH-Maxxis    
18 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
19 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1    
20 Frederique Robert (Bel) Quick Step    
21 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
22 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
23 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas    
24 Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
25 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
26 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
27 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Quick Step    
28 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam    
29 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy    
30 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana    
31 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
32 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
33 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
34 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia-HTC    
35 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Planet Energy    
36 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
37 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
38 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC    
39 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
40 Jason Donald (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
41 Bradley White (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
42 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
43 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
44 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank    
45 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia-HTC    
46 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
47 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
48 Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana    
49 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1    
50 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
51 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
52 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
53 Ryan Roth (Can) Planet Energy    
54 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
55 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step    
56 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
57 Edward King (USA) Cervélo TestTeam    
58 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo TestTeam    
59 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
60 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia-HTC    
61 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH-Maxxis    
62 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
63 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
64 Michael Creed (USA) Team Type 1    
65 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
66 Walle Jurgen Van De (Bel) Quick Step    
67 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
68 William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
69 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
70 Darren Lill (RSA) Team Type 1    
71 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia-HTC    
72 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
73 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
74 Bradley Huff Charles (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
75 Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy    
76 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana    
77 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team    
78 Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy    
79 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
80 Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy    
81 Christopher Baldwin (USA) OUCH-Maxxis    
82 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
83 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
84 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling    
85 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
86 Andrew Guptill (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
87 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
88 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
89 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia-HTC    
90 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
91 Andrew Pinfold (Can) OUCH-Maxxis    
92 Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC    
93 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
94 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas    
95 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
96 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
97 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
98 Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
99 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
100 Matthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team    
101 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana    
102 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    
103 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
104 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1    
105 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
106 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling    
107 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
108 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
109 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
110 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 0:00:39  
111 Charly Vives (Can) Planet Energy    
112 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:00:47  
113 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:49  
114 Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light 0:00:53  
115 Timothy Johnson (USA) OUCH-Maxxis 0:01:24  
116 Shawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1 0:01:58  
117 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1    
118 Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:02:01