Tour-of-Missouri Reviews and News


Vande Velde wins yellow jersey at 2008 Tour of Missouri, Chicchi wins stage 7

Thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown St. Louis to watch Team Garmin-Chipotle’s Christian Vande Velde cross the finish line safely and win the 2008 Tour of Missouri. Vande Velde, winner of Stage Three’s Individual Time Trial, was awarded the Missouri Tourism Yellow Jersey for the race after successfully maintaining an 18-second lead over […]

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Cavendish Marks Fourth Victory for Columbia; Vande Velde Defends Race Lead

With less than 500 meters from the finish, Mark Cavendish of Team Columbia powered passed a hard charging group of riders to win Stage Six of the Tour of Missouri. Cavendish’s win was his third and Team Columbia’s fourth of the Tour. Cuban sprinter Ivan Dominguez of Toyota-United Pro Cycling, winner of two stages during […]

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Catching up with BMC at the Tour of Missouri

I caught up with the BMC team at the start of the 2008 Tour of Missouri stage 5, in St James where the riders were getting ready for another aggressive stage in high humidity. Mike Sayers announced his retirement earlier this year, and is racing his last big race at the Tour of Missouri. Going […]

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Dutch Boy van Poppel Scores First American Win

Dutch rider Boy Van Poppel of Rabobank got the best of the charging peloton around him, powering ahead of them to cross the finish line first and win Stage Five of the 2008 Tour of Missouri his first in the U.S. The 20-year old Dutch cyclocross champion’s well-timed effort netted him the slight edge over […]

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Sights and Sounds from Stage 4 at the Tour of Missouri

Kids were out in force at the start where each class visited their adopted team. Steven Cozza (Garmin-Chiptole) “It [the moustache] started to go out of style, I was tired of eating hair with my food. Plus that Italian racer started growing his and kind of ruined it, I had to share it off.” “It’s […]

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Michael Barry outlasts field to give a third win to Team Columbia at the 2008 Tour of Missouri

Canadian Michael Barry of Team Columbia broke away from a lead group of 20 riders, less than 10 miles before the final circuits and held on to capture Stage Four of the 2008 Tour of Missouri. Berry finished 46 seconds ahead Eric Baumann of Sparkasse, who edged out third place finisher Danilo Wyss of the […]

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Sights and Sounds from Tour of Missouri Stage 3

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle), stage winner and yellow jersey “It’s always great to have time splits and know that you are going well. I always start off quite slow and Dave [Zabriskie] goes quite fast. To know that I was within a couple seconds of him was nice to know, then I had Mick behind […]

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Vande Velde Takes Tour of Missouri Time Trial

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 […]

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Team Columbia's Mark Cavendish retains overall lead while sprinting to second consecutive stage win

Overall race leader Mark Cavendish of Team Columbia gained his second consecutive stage victory, finishing a bike-length ahead of the bunched peloton to capture stage two of the Tour of Missouri in Springfield, Mo. Cavendish, who won four stages at the 2008 Tour de France, was followed to the line by Eric Baumann of Sparkasse […]

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Sights from the Tour of Missouri stage two

Team Columbia’s Mark Cavendish won his second bunch sprint at the Tour of Missouri today in Springfield. German Eric Baumann (Sparkasse) was second and Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) was third, again. Ex-teammates and friends David Zabriskie (Garmin-Chipotle) and George Hincapie (Columbia)

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Sounds from the Tour of Missouri Stage one

I caught up with some of the riders and Directeur Sportif at the start of the 2008 Tour of Missouri Stage 1 in St Joseph to get their thoughts on the race. Last year, a 20-rider break went up the road in the second stage, and that was it as far as the GC race […]

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Team Columbia's Mark Cavendish sprints past field in downhill finish to win stage one of the Tour of Missouri

Making good on his promise to bring home his first American win, top sprinter Mark Cavendish (of Team Columbia surged pass the charging peloton in the final 200 meters to win stage one of the 2008 Tour of Missouri. Cavendish, an emerging international star with four stage wins at the 2008 Tour de France to […]

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Brooke Miller wins Tour of Missouri Women's Criterium

In a brand stinking new Stars & Stripes jersey, US Crit (and Road) Champion Brooke Miller (Tibco) won the bunch sprint at the inaugural Women’s Criterium at the Tour of Missouri. Erica Allar (Aaron’s) was second and Jen McRae (Advil/Chapstick) was third. The field might have been small with only thirty-something riders at the start […]

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