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September 9/09 0:09 am - Tour of Missouri: Stage 2

Posted by Editoress on 09/9/09

welcomeBritish speedster Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) proved to be the fastest man in the peloton for a second day, winning Stage 2, presented by Missouri Wine & Grape Board, at the 2009 Tour of Missouri. Cavendish finished in 4 hours, 16 minutes, 53 seconds. Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) secured second and Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) took third, reversing their podium places from yesterday.

In the general classification, Hushovd moves up from fifth to second overall, 10 seconds behind Cavendish. Haedo remains in third overall, with the same time as Hushovd.

"I had less people at the end from our team. It was a bit surprising, there were attacks from the other teams, like Kelly Benefits attacked with 5k to go. It upset the rhythm," Cavendish said about the sprint finish in Stage 2, which was his 25th victory of the season." (Today's stage) resembles central France, central-eastern, the roads you ride on in the transition stages of this year’s Tour (de France). You’re kind of laboring on these climbs; the climbs aren’t short enough that you roll up them, or long enough that your suffer up them."

A significant casualty of the day was the withdrawal of Tour of Missouri defending champion Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream). He started Stage 2 in Ste. Genevieve, but abandoned after the first few miles due to discomfort in his right hand from a hairline fracture at the base of his second metacarpal. He suffered the injury in the final 500 meters of Monday's circuit race in St. Louis.

"However painful it was to crash yesterday, riding back to the bus by myself was even more painful. The Tour of Missouri means a lot to me, my team and my sponsors. I would have loved to have been able to finish it," Vande Velde stated shortly after pulling out of the race. The 33-year-old is a native of Lemont, Ill. and has family in Missouri. He was in good form this year, having finished 8th overall at the 2009 Tour de France.

A hot pace was matched by sultry weather today as the field of 116 pro riders averaged 26.25 miles per hour over the 112.4 mile (180.9 km) route. Three riders, Americans Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly Cycling) and Tim Duggan (Garmin-Slipstream), and Canadian Francois Parisien (Planet Energy), broke away for 75 miles of the race. They were caught four miles from the finish.

The start host city, Ste. Genevieve, appeared to have all of its 4,500 residents, and then some, lining the streets of the 18th Century French colony community for an impressive sendoff. Riders then followed the "Route de Vin" past local vineyards and onto the endless undulating roadways and narrow bridges along the bluffs near the Mississippi River, leading up to Cape Girardeau.

The 24-year-old Cavendish retains three award jerseys - Missouri Tourism Leader's jersey, Edward Jones Sprint jersey and the 180 Energy/Icelandic Glacial Water Best Young Rider jersey. Moises Aldape (Team Type I) of Mexico will continue wearing the Michelob Ultra KOM jersey, and the Drury Hotels Most Aggressive Rider jersey was presented to Francois Parisien with Planet Energy.

"This kind of course is really my favorite kind of course. I’ve learned to race in northern France and Brittany. I’m really used to it. I really like it," said Parisien, who rides on the all-Canadian Planet Energy team. "I think Canadian cycling is going a lot better than before... It’s really important for us to show that we’re here to try to win races. We’re, maybe, underdogs, but we’re not here just for the show. The main point is to show that we’re able to do that and hopefully win a race."

Tour of Missouri Press release

Interviews by Amy Smolens

With Martin Gilbert having shown the colours of Planet Energy as the top-placed non-ProTour rider with a 5th place in Stage 1, I figured Steve Bauer would have his guys primed for another excellent performance in Stage 2. Since Team Columbia no doubt would be drilling it on the front to ensure another field sprint for Mark Cavendish, I thought I'd have a pre-race word with Planet Energy's other Quebecois sprinter, Keven Lacombe


Planet Energy Team Car


Pre-race, Keven Lacombe - Planet Energy

Amy Smolens: Talk about how you guys played the sprint yesterday and ended up with Martin Gilbert's 5th place.

Keven Lacombe I think at the beginning of the race we knew it would be a field sprint so we just played the game and tried to be as much as possible behind Cavendish, there was a big fight to be there so we just tried to take our place. But at the end we got screwed up a little bit, we lost each other, but Martin was the fresher guy there and we did 5th so it's good. But sure, we want to win a stage so we're going to try to do better!

AS: This is your first year racing under Steve Bauer. What kind of a director is he?

KL: Steve is a really good team director, behind in the car he's always giving us advice about the race and I think we did really good results this year and this team starts to grow and it's really good for the future.

AS: What types of advice does he give you?

KL: He's going to try to give us as much information as possible and sometimes he says the best information but sometimes it's coming down to us, if we do the job or not. But he's giving as much support as possible and we're just going to try to do better.

AS: Thanks, good luck.

KL: Thanks.

Yes, Bauer did have his guys ready for action... in addition to Gilbert's second straight 5th place, this time François Parisien showed that the final team invited to the Tour of Missouri was well worthy of the invitation. The 2005 National Road Race Champion attacked after the day's second KOM and was out on a break for more than 130 kilometres, earning himself the Drury Hotels Most Aggressive Rider jersey. As François was riding to the press conference after the podium presentation I was able to catch up with him for a few minutes. And I do mean that literally - I ran alongside him and he was kind enough to softpedal for me while he answered a few questions:

Post-race, François Parisien - Planet Energy, Drury Hotels Most Aggressive Rider

Amy Smolens: Tell me about how the break formed and if you thought it was the right move to stick.

François Parisien: I'm the one who attacked. I think racing all those years in Europe I can sense it, I feel it when it is the time to go. When I attacked and I turned around and saw the gap I knew it was the right one. I turned around and was by myself and then I saw Tim Duggan coming up and I sat up and waited for him. Then we worked together until the end, and 15k to go I tried to go solo, but it didn't really work. So I was going to help my teammates on the leadout afterward as much as I could but I flatted with 6k to go.

AS: With about 15 kilometres to go you attacked Duggan and then for the next 10 minutes you two just attacked each other constantly.

FP: Yeah, I really wanted to go solo as far as I could but it's too bad it didn't work - you know, that's racing.

AS: Martin has finished 5th twice and you initiated today's break and are now wearing the Most Aggressive Rider jersey. Since Planet Energy was the final team invited to the Tour of Missouri how important is your showing here with this strong European field?

FP: Yeah, I think we're showing that we're not here only to participate, that we're here to win races. This team's going to grow up, this team's going to go Europe and I'm pretty proud to be part of it.

AS: What are you learning from a legend like Steve Bauer?

FP: You learn a lot, you know? When he tells you that you gotta go, well, you gotta go (big laugh!!) This guy knows every little trick of cycling.

AS: What was he telling you while you were in the break?

FP: We just rolled it pretty consistently the whole time and we made sure that we still had some juice left for the last 30k and tried to accelerate the last 30k and that's what we did!

AS: Great job, thanks.


Stage 2: Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau, 180.9 km)
1 Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC ) 4:16:53
2 Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team)
3 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank)
4 Brett Lancaster (Cervelo Test Team)
5 Martin Gilbert (Planet Energy)
6 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
7 Davide Malacarne (Quick Step)
8 Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team)
9 Guillaume Boivin (Planet Energy)
10 Daniel Oss (Liquigas)
11 Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream)
12 Michael Rogers (Team Columbia-HTC)
13 George Hincapie (Team Columbia-HTC)
14 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)
15 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step)
16 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Quick Step)
17 Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)
18 Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)
19 Andrew Pinfold (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
20 Addy Engels (Quick Step)
21 Matthew Wilson (Team Type 1)
22 Dominique Cornu (Quick Step)
23 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team)
24 Frederique Robert (Quick Step)
25 Moises Aldape Chavez (Team Type 1)
26 David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
27 Florian Stalder (BMC Racing Team)
28 Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)
29 Christopher Jones (Team Type 1)
30 Tomas Vaitkus (Astana)
31 Gregory Rast (Astana)
32 Yaroslav Popovych (Astana)
33 Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)
34 Janez Brajkovic (Astana)
35 Davide Frattini (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)
36 Levi Leipheimer (Astana)
37 Neil Shirley (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
38 Timothy Johnson (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
39 Peter Latham (Bissell Pro Cycling)
40 Michael Creed (Team Type 1)
41 Darren Lill (Team Type 1)
42 Matthew Rice (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)
43 Luis Romero Amaran (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)
44 Steven Cozza (Garmin-Slipstream)
45 Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)
46 Marco Pinotti (Team Columbia-HTC)
47 Valery Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)
48 Brian Vandborg (Liquigas)
49 Jason Mccartney (Team Saxo Bank)
50 Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)
51 Michael Barry (Team Columbia-HTC)
52 Jeffry Louder (BMC Racing Team)
53 Edward King (Cervelo Test Team)
54 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
55 Shawn Milne (Team Type 1)
56 Lars Ytting Bak (Team Saxo Bank)
57 Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank)
58 Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo Test Team)
59 Danny Pate (Garmin-Slipstream)
60 Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)
61 Thomas Frei (BMC Racing Team)
62 Jason Donald (Garmin-Slipstream)
63 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team)
64 Nicki Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank)
65 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)
66 Andrey Zeits (Astana)
67 Timothy Duggan (Garmin-Slipstream)
68 Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
69 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana)
70 Marcus Ljungqvist (Team Saxo Bank)
71 Bruno Langlois (Planet Energy)
72 Rory Sutherland (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
73 Andrew Guptill (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)
74 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
75 David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream)
76 Bradley White (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
77 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank)
78 Andrew Randell (Planet Energy)
79 Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
80 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)
81 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Cervelo Test Team)
82 Steve Morabito (Astana)
83 Floyd Landis (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
84 William Frischkorn (Garmin-Slipstream)
85 Ryan Roth (Planet Energy)
86 Marcel Wyss (Cervelo Test Team)
87 Christopher Baldwin (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
88 Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)
89 Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo Test Team)
90 Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
91 Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing Team)
92 Will Routley (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)
93 Andreas Klier (Cervelo Test Team)
94 Karl Menzies (Ouch p/b Maxxis)
95 Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) all s.t.
96 John Murphy (Ouch p/b Maxxis) 4:17:35
97 Bernhard Eisel (Team Columbia-HTC ) 4:17:50
98 Matthew Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) s.t.
99 Phillip Gaimon (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) 4:17:57
100 Kevin Lacombe (Planet Energy) 4:17:58
101 Craig Lewis (Team Columbia-HTC)
102 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1) both s.t.
103 Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 4:18:30
104 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas) 4:19:12
105 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Team Columbia-HTC)
106 Jens Voigt (Team Saxo Bank)
107 Anibal Borrajo (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)
108 Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling)
109 Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) all s.t.
110 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas) 4:20:42
111 Charly Vives (Planet Energy) 4:21:24
112 Francois Parisien (Planet Energy) s.t.
113 Tyler Wren (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 4:21:36
114 Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step)
115 Charles Bradley Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) both s.t.
116 Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) 4:24:10
117 Cody O'reilly (Bissell Pro Cycling) 4:46:00
DNF Christian Vandevelde (Garmin-Slipstream)
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia-HTC 7.00:29
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team at 0:10
3 Juan Jose Haedo (Agr) Team Saxo Bank s.t.
4 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1 0:12
5 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana 0:14
6 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:16
7 Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin-Slipstream 0:17
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia-HTC s.t.
9 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:18
10 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 0:19
11 Martin Gilbert (Can) Planet Energy 0:20
12 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
13 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
14 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
15 Michael Friedman (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
16 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
17 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
18 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas
19 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1
20 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
21 Frederique Robert (Bel) Quick Step
22 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
23 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy
24 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Quick Step
25 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana
26 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia-HTC
27 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
28 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
29 Gregory Rast (Sui) Astana
30 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
31 Florian Stalder (Sui) BMC Racing Team
32 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
33 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
34 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
35 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
36 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
37 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC
38 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step
39 Karl Menzies (Aus) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
40 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
41 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank
42 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
43 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia-HTC
44 Jason Donald (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
45 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
46 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
47 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
48 Bradley White (USA) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
49 Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana
50 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
51 Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team
52 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
53 Michael Creed (USA) Team Type 1
54 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
55 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
56 Darren Lill (Rsa) Team Type 1
57 Thomas Frei (Sui) BMC Racing Team
58 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
59 Ryan Roth (Can) Planet Energy
60 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
61 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
62 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
63 Marcel Wyss (Sui) Cervelo Test Team
64 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team
65 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
66 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
67 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
68 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
69 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
70 Floyd Landis (USA) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
71 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
72 William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
73 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana
74 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
75 Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy
76 Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy
77 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
78 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1
79 Andrew Guptill (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
80 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
81 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
82 Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing Team
83 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
84 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
85 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
86 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
87 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
88 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
89 Steve Morabito (Sui) Astana
90 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Esp) Cervelo Test Team
91 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
92 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team all s.t.
93 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:59
94 John Murphy (USA) Ouch Presented By Maxxis 1:02
95 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia-HTC 1:17
96 Matthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team s.t.
97 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Planet Energy 1:25
98 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1
99 Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC both s.t.
100 Timothy Johnson (USA) Ouch Presented By Maxxis 1:34
101 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 1:53
102 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light 1:57
103 Shawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1 2:08
104 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia-HTC 2:39
105 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
106 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas
107 Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light
108 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas all s.t.
109 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 3:16
110 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 4:09
111 Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy 4:48
112 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step 5:03
113 Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 5:03
114 Charly Vives (Can) Planet Energy 5:20
115 Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light 5:46
116 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas 7:37


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