September 11/07 7:06 am - Bell Second at Tour of Missouri Opener
Posted by Editor on 09/11/07
Bell Second at Tour of Missouri
Zach Bell (Symmetrics Cycling Fuelled By FarmPure) just missed out on an opening stage victory in today's Tour of Missouri, taking second place.
A five-man break was clear for most of the 137 kilometres Kansas City stage today, breaking clear just 50 kilometres into the race. The gap ballooned to the 5 minute mark, but was caught on the final city circuits, with less than 10 kilometres to go. With several aggressive and technical corners to go, it was a wild ride to the finish. Zach Bell duked it out against the top North American sprinters, just losing to Ivan Dominguez (Toyota-United).
"We came to the final corner and I took the inside line," Bell explained. "The field swing hard right and I went on the left. It was just a touch too early, as it meant I started the sprint with 300m to go. At 50m to go, I saw a shadow. At 25, Ivan passed me. Still, I'm happy with today's result and I hope we can keep it up."