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September 10/08 8:56 am - Tour of Missouri: Stage 3 interview Svein Tuft, Photos, full results


Posted by Editoress on 09/10/08
 

Tour of Missouri
Report courtesy Tour of Missouri

American Christian Vande Velde claimed dominance to the rest of the field, winning the individual time trial in Branson Wednesday at the Tour of Missouri.

Vande Velde, who finished an impressive 5th at this year's Tour de France, finished the 18-mile race against the clock in 39 minutes and 51 seconds.

"The win was actually a bit of a surprise," said Vande Velde, who recently fell off form at the Olympics less than a month ago, finishing 17th there. "This reinvigorates me, honestly. This was a big challenge. And, to beat the guy who won three world championships is big."

Australian Micheal Rogers, a three time world champion in the time trial, finished second in 40:12, followed by Canadian Svein Tuft. Rogers finished 6th and Tuft 7th at last month's Olympics in the Time Trial.

According to Vande Velde, the time trial around the hills of the resort town of Branson was one of the toughest he'd ever rode.

"This was a pivotal stage of this race," Vande Velde said. "This is a very good field. To win this race would be great for me and my sponsor (Garmin) who is right over there in Kansas."

Since his high Tour de France finish, Vande Velde (once a teammate of Lance Armstrong) he says he gets recognized and is no longer a relative unknown. He furthered that cause by taking over the leader's jersey of America's second biggest bike race by 21 seconds over Rogers.

Thursday's stage routes 105 miles from Lebanon to Rolla in Central Missouri. To honor the military, the race will route through Fort Leonard Wood.

Svein Tuft Interview
by Amy Smolens

Photos by Amy Smolens

After Svein Tuft's incredible 7th place in last month's Olympic Time Trial, the Langley, BC resident was considered one of the favourites for Stage 3 of the Tour of Missouri, the 29 kilometre Branson Time Trial. Tuft didn't disappoint, honouring his National Champion's Maple Leaf skinsuit with third place on the stage and moving into third on GC. I spoke to him before his podium appearance:

Amy Smolens: You certainly carried your Olympic form into today's stage.

Svein Tuft: Yeah, yeah, it ended up working out. It was a little doubtful (he had to sweat out the rides of ProTour riders such as George Hincapie, Roman Kreuziger and Marco Pinotti to keep his podium spot) but it felt good today.

AS: What was your strategy - did you ride your own race at your pace?

ST: I knew with the quality of guys here there are no places to conserve today and there's no real tactic other than just going as hard as you can and I definitely felt that I did that today. Again, it was another one of those situations where I finished and thought "man, I don't care where I end up, I left it all out there!"

AS: Where you ended up was behind only Christian Vande Velde, fifth in the Tour, and Michael Rogers, three-time World TT Champion. That has make you feel pretty good.

ST: Oh yeah, yeah, that's some good company.

AS: So how does team Symmetrics approach the rest of the race now?

ST: You know we'll keep chipping away. Pinner (Andrew Pinfold) is riding really well and he's moving up every day as far as the finishes go so we'll keep looking at that. I think Columbia though, with how strong they are, they're going to keep winning stages with Mark Cavendish (two stage wins already) so that's gonna be a big help for us as far as any pressure being put on us to do a lot of the work. You know, they've proven they can ride all day. I mean, yesterday was just a phenomenal showing of their power, so hats off to them and we'll do our job to keep what we have.

AS: Third in the stage, third on GC at this point - what's that like for you in what may be Symmetrics' final race?

ST: Oh yeah. For us it's kind of a bittersweet ending. You know, we're here and all our guys are in such good form and riding so well together that it really would be sad if we lose that. I've said it a bunch of times today, but it just goes to show the quality of our guys. Whatever the situation is we ride so well together and have such a good time together that I hope we have something that keeps us together.

AS: Congratulations.

ST: Thanks.

Stage 3: Branson Time Trial, 29 kmTimeGap
1 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:39:51.690
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia0:40:12.40at 0:21
3 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:40:24.300:33
4 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia0:40:54.151:03
5 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:41:01.391:10
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:41:06.261:15
7 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team0:41:13.631:22
8 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:41:15.141:24
9 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:41:15.341:24
10 Benjamin Day (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:41:16.801:25
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:41:24.591:33
12 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:41:24.661:33
13 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:41:41.271:50
14 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:41:42.841:51
15 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:41:45.501:54
16 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:41:56.332:05
17 Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:42:15.892:24
18 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team0:42:16.442:25
19 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:42:21.332:30
20 Luis Amaran Romero (Cub) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:42:27.782:36
21 Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team0:42:29.972:38
22 Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:42:30.302:39
23 Bernard van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:42:40.892:49
24 Dirk Muller (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:42:43.882:52
25 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team0:42:54.413:03
26 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:42:58.613:07
27 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team0:43:14.493:23
28 Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:43:19.613:28
29 Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing0:43:19.693:28
30 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:43:20.213:29
31 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Team Sparkasse0:43:23.893:32
32 Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:43:27.233:36
33 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:43:27.893:36
34 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia0:43:29.943:38
35 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team0:43:37.623:46
36 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas0:43:40.773:49
37 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Team Sparkasse0:43:44.213:53
38 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia0:43:45.363:54
39 Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia0:43:45.733:54
40 Bernardo Tepoz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:43:57.804:06
41 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia0:44:00.274:09
42 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:44:01.324:10
43 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:44:05.284:14
44 Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:44:05.304:14
45 Cesar Grajales (Col) Rock Racing0:44:12.504:21
46 Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:44:14.874:23
47 Daniel Holloway (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O0:44:17.484:26
48 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:44:17.714:26
49 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:44:19.944:28
50 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank0:44:26.304:35
51 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:44:28.594:37
52 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank0:44:31.164:40
53 Brad Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:44:34.174:43
54 John Murphy (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:44:40.734:49
55 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:44:46.454:55
56 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:44:51.455:00
57 Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:44:53.625:02
58 Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:44:54.705:03
59 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:44:56.345:05
60 Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis0:45:00.475:09
61 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:45:00.945:09
62 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:45:04.705:13
63 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas0:45:07.745:16
64 Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:45:08.805:17
65 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:45:11.885:20
66 Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:45:18.755:27
67 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:45:21.795:30
68 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:45:22.925:31
69 Marcel Beima (Ned) Rabobank0:45:23.655:32
70 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas0:45:24.555:33
71 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:45:25.645:34
72 Cam Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:45:28.655:37
73 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:45:36.275:45
74 Bryce Mead (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:45:37.575:46
75 Gianni da Ros (Ita) Liquigas0:45:46.435:55
76 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia0:45:46.865:55
77 Lui Colunga (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:45:48.545:57
78 Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling0:45:49.225:58
79 Juan Pablo Aranda (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:45:53.996:02
80 Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:45:57.716:06
81 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank0:46:00.816:09
82 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:46:01.966:10
83 Ryan Anderson (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:46:03.506:12
84 Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:46:14.316:23
85 Luca Damiani (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:46:15.646:24
86 John Devine (USA) Team Columbia0:46:22.856:31
87 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:46:36.836:45
88 Keven Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:46:45.336:54
89 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:46:46.206:55
90 Omar Diaz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:46:53.487:02
91 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank0:46:56.707:05
92 Michael van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank0:47:00.507:09
93 Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse0:47:00.707:09
94 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:47:02.107:11
95 Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:47:03.757:12
96 Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team0:47:04.887:13
97 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:47:19.807:28
98 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:47:20.727:29
99 Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:47:22.467:31
100 Luis Hernandez (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:47:25.887:34
101 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:47:27.407:36
102 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing0:47:31.587:40
103 Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:47:34.517:43
104 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:47:41.407:50
105 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:47:52.908:01
106 Kayle Leogrande (USA) Rock Racing0:48:03.568:12
107 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team0:48:05.758:14
108 Sebastian Frey (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:48:25.848:34
109 Jeremiah Wiscovitch (USA) Rock Racing0:48:33.948:42
110 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast0:49:46.009:55
OTl Sterling Magnell (USA) Rock Racing0:50:16.1010:25
OTL Elliott Cervantes (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara0:51:12.4311:21
OTL Justin Williams (USA) Rock Racing0:53:53.4014:02
DNS Blake Caldwell (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O
GC
1 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O8.48:24
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbiaat 0:21
3 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team0:44
4 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia1:03
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas1:15
6 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O1:21
7 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team1:22
8 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O1:24
9 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O1:24
10 Benjamin Day (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team1:25
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1:33
12 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis1:44
13 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O1:51
14 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team2:01
15 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling2:02
16 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling2:05
17 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team2:25
18 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team2:30
19 Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team2:35
20 Luis Amaran Romero (Cub) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light2:36
21 Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team2:38
22 Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team2:39
23 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team2:58
24 Bernard van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team3:00
25 Dirk Muller (Ger) Team Sparkasse3:03
26 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling3:18
27 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O3:23
28 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team3:23
29 Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling3:36
30 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia3:38
31 Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis3:39
32 Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing3:39
33 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Team Sparkasse3:43
34 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team3:46
35 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast3:47
36 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia3:49
37 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas3:49
38 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia3:54
39 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Team Sparkasse4:04
40 Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia4:05
41 Bernardo Tepoz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara4:17
42 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team4:21
43 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast4:25
44 Daniel Holloway (USA) Garmin/Chipotle p/b H3O4:26
45 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team4:37
46 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light4:39
47 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank4:40
48 Brad Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team4:43
49 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank4:46
50 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast4:48
51 John Murphy (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis4:49
52 Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis5:02
53 Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling5:04
54 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team5:09
55 Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Sparkasse5:11
56 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team5:11
57 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse5:18
58 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas5:25
59 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas5:27
60 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team5:30
61 Marcel Beima (Ned) Rabobank5:32
62 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light5:34
63 Cam Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team5:37
64 Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara5:38
65 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank5:42
66 Bryce Mead (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team5:57
67 Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling5:58
68 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team6:07
69 Lui Colunga (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara6:08
70 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6:09
71 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank6:09
72 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank6:10
73 Juan Pablo Aranda (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara6:13
74 Gianni da Ros (Ita) Liquigas6:19
75 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis6:22
76 Ryan Anderson (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team6:23
77 Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team6:30
78 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team6:56
79 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank7:05
80 Cesar Grajales (Col) Rock Racing7:08
81 Michael van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank7:09
82 John Devine (USA) Team Columbia7:12
83 Omar Diaz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara7:13
84 Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse7:20
85 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light7:22
86 Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis7:22
87 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light7:28
88 Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis7:34
89 Luis Hernandez (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaiara7:34
90 Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team7:43
91 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team7:50
92 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse7:57
93 Kayle Leogrande (USA) Rock Racing8:12
94 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team8:16
95 Jeremiah Wiscovitch (USA) Rock Racing8:53
96 Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light9:37
97 Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team9:46
98 Sebastian Frey (Ger) Team Sparkasse9:49
99 Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team9:56
100 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast10:06
101 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast10:10
102 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team10:14
103 Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast10:35
104 Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis10:38
105 Luca Damiani (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light10:49
106 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia11:33
107 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast16:51
108 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light19:21
109 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing19:39
110 Keven Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 27:22


 


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