Tour of Missouri - 2.1
USA, September 11-16, 2007
Results & report
Stage 2 - September 12: Clinton - Springfield, 202 km
Complete live report
Live commentary by Steve Medcroft, Mark Zalewski and Kirsten Robbins
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coverage of the inaugural Tour of Missouri. After a sprinters stage on Tuesday,
the racers are in for a challenging and bumpy 202 kilometers on Wednesday. Check
in with us just before 11am US Central time for the start.
12:23 EDT 16km/186km to go
Good morning and welcome
to our coverage of Stage 2 of the Tour of Missouri. The race has been underway
since 11am Central time (about 20 minutes ago). The race started slow due to
a handful of mechanicals and flats in the neutral section.
was then rolling along at under 20 miles per hour when it appears they ran into
an Armadillo. we're not sure if it was alive or was simply a road-kill hazard
(although we are certain the poor thing is now dead) but Missouri native Dan
Schmatz of the BMC team was caught up in the middle of the crash and has DNF'd.
Other than that, The peloton is still together.
Jonathan Garcia (BMC) was also involved
in the Armadillo incident but is riding in the main peloton still. Please send
out positive thoughts for the other rider injured in the crash; Dan Schmatz
is a little bloody and we are being told his team car is en route to the hospital
with him right now.
The main group just entered Deep Water, Missouri,
population 507. They were greeted by three school buses of cheering high-school
kids that were stopped on an overpass.
The average speed is creeping
up as the Navigators squad tries to have a dig off the front of the race but
so far it is all staying together.
12:40 EDT 23km/179km to go
A break of two riders
has a small lead over the main field; Mike Sayers (BMC) and Tim Duggan (Slipstream).
The Navigators, BMC and Colavita teams were active at the front of the race
but these are the two riders that escaped.
The race is being run
along a series of small, two-lane farm roads that are rolling through the countryside.
There is hardly a cloud in the sky.
12:46 EDT 30km/172km to go
The two breakaway
riders were caught. Slipstream is extremely active on the front of the race.
As is the BMC and Navigators teams. It's still early days but there is a lot
of action as teams try to set up a break.
12:52 EDT 33km/169km to go
Slipstream and the
DFL/Cyclingnews team are setting the pace at the front of the peloton.
Jonathan Garcia (BMC) went back to the medical car for a little assistance (maybe
associated with the Armadillo incident) but is back in the bunch.
13:06 EDT 43km/159km to go
team is trying to have a good show today to make up for the fact that some of
the team finished behind the field by more than three minutes. Rider Gert Vanderaerden
told us this morning that he suffered a double flat coming into the finishing
circuits and his teammates fell back to pace him to the finish and they suffered
because of the effort.
As for the race, the main peloton is still
all together. Navigators is still animating. Pretty much every team has had
a dig to try and snap a break off the front but nothing is sticking.
13:15 EDT 52km/150km to go
There is a pretty
big break off the front right now. They have 30 seconds over the main field.
We have just crossed Stockton lake and are rolling along a flatter section of
the course and are ahead of the promoter's projected schedule (which was based
on a 28-mile per hour average).
The riders in the break are George
Hincapie (Dicovery Channel), David Canada (Saunier-Duval Prodir), Stefan Parinussa
(Team Sparkesse), Frank Pipp (Health Net), William Frischkorn (Slipstream),
Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators), Michael Friedman (Slipstream), Andrew Randell
(Symmetrics), Jonathan Garcia (BMC), Jesse Anthony (Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada),
Andrew Guptill (Colavita), and Matthew Rice (Jelly Belly).
13:22 EDT 58km/144km to go
The gap is up to 35
The leaders are on a straight stretch
of road and can see the main peloton just behind them. So far, the break is
working well together, each rider taking an even pull.
13:32 EDT 63km/139km to go
This is a large break
with most teams represented so it may have a decent chance to stay away. The
field seems a little lazy about chasing; letting the advantage grow to 1:15
now. But they should worry about the quality of the riders in the break and
not let it remain clear into the 30-kilometer to go range; George Hincapie (just
to mention one rider) has a long striking distance if he wants to take a solo
flyer stage win. He's also a strong sprinter should some of this bunch stay
together to the end.
Discovery is sitting on the front of the peloton,
possibly controlling the pace to let Hincapie and his breakmates add to their
13:34 EDT 68km/134km to go
The break is up to
2:05 as the leaders pass through the first feed zone and take on food and liquids.
The Discovery Channel team, with newly-crowned US National Champion Levi Liepheimer
safely tucked in fifth position, are still on the front of the main group.
The leaders are on a stretch of rolling
downhill in a double paceline each taking five to ten second pulls. They have
built the gap to 3:45.
We have a correction to the make up
of the leaders. The Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada rider present in not cyclo-cross
stud Jesse Anthony but the team's GC leader Dominique Rollin. The gap continues
to swell quickly and is at 4:45 already.
13:52 EDT 82km/120km to go
The gap is 7:15 now.
The Discovery Channel is still sitting
comfortably on the front of the main group, happy to let Hincapie's break continue
to build its advantage.
14:04 EDT 88.8km/113.2km to go
The peloton rolling
along at 17 miles per hour (I think many of us could ride with that bunch!).
The gap is over 8 minutes and the leaders are all working together; still in
a double paceline but taking longer pulls.
BMC riders have been seen
moving up the peloton to share the front with Discovery Channel.
14:09 EDT 91km/111km to go
The question was being
asked in the race caravan if there was a Toyota-United rider in the break. There
is not; which means there is a least one high-power team left in the main peloton
to mount a serious chase to what looks like a strong break. Seems like the organizers
are having flashbacks to Stage 3 of the Tour de Georgia (Rome
to Chattanooga, TN) when a large break got out to over 28 minutes and completely
took the big-name GC favorites out of contention.
14:10 EDT 94km/108km to go
The break is at 11
minutes. They are approaching a sprint (five kilometers up the road).
The average speed in the peloton has dropped to 16 miles per hour. Liepheimer
himself is sitting on the front. I revise my earlier statement that many of
us could ride in the peloton at these speeds - we could lead the peloton at
At the sprint line, four riders jumped.
Hincapie nips Rollin for the points.
All the breakaway riders are back
Stefan Parinussa (Team Sparkesse)
was the third rider across the line at the sprint. Will Frischkorn finished
fourth (and initiated the action) but they don't award sprint points for fourth
The race is just about to cross Stockton dam and lake. There
is a nasty bridge for the riders to cross and they will need to be careful;
the road surface is iron grating down one side.
We haven't received an updated split
time to the main peloton but we are more than halfway through the stage and
judging by the way the leaders are rolling through the front of their paceline
smoothly, the organizer's nightmare of a repeat of Stage 3 of the Tour of Georgia
may be likely. Who out of this group do you think is the best GC contender if
they finish way ahead of the main peoloton? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gap is up to fifteen minutes.
Reader Joe Whitman says that "Mike
'meatball' Friedman will win the stage. A good friend of mine/former college
roommate is thirsty to prove he's back. look for Frischkorn to work for him."
Slipstream is always aggressive about getting riders into the break who can
threaten late in the race so this may be a good call. But I would think Friedman
would be a better one-two setup for Frischkorn at the 20-kilometer mark since
Frischkorn is the proven time trialist.
The break is more than fifteen minutes
ahead of the field. Hector Hugo Rangel and Fausto Marcelino Esparza (both from
the Mexican team Tecos) have attacked the field and have a small gap.
One more rider has joined the two
chasers. Discovery Channel is still on the front of the peloton.
Reader Robert Esplin thinks that Andrew
Randell (Symmetrics) is the rider who can take the stage. He says Andrew is
a "Great guy, and a great rider – just won the Ontario Provincial road championships
a few weeks ago (on a brutal course), second in the Canadian Nationals this
year; Canadian Champ in 2003, all around, just a great guy, and one of those
few, if things had been a bit different, that would be a seasoned Euro-pro at
this point: he can do it all, TT, Climb and sprint. Just some props from his
friends in Toronto."
Many of you think big George Hincapie
is the natural choice. Reader john Wickstrom says "He can time trial with the
best of them, especially in a short tour like this, where he isn't having to
spend it all in the mountains to protect another leader. He is Disco's designated
leader for a reason. So today plays perfectly for Georgie."
The peloton has swept up the three
breakaway riders and have sat back up.
The difference in average
speed between the breakaway and the main peloton is three miles per hour (leaders
are running 23 mph, the peloton 20 mph).
John Lang of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
has put together a solid piece of analysis while at work today - thanks John.
"My pick for the GC contender in the group is the obvious choice of Hincapie.
Disco has been trying to get him SOME sort of recognition all year! As for the
stage-win out of this group would be either of the Slipstream boys (Friedman
or Frischkorn). Slipstream/Chipotle has been eager to get their name on some
headlines and, of course, they're the only team in the group that has the advantage
of a leadout rider for the final sprint."
And finally, reader Alex Brochet reminds
us not to overlook the Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada rider in the break. "I think
Hincapie has to be considered the favourite for the tour now, or at least for
But I also like 2006 Canadian champion Dom Rollin. The 24
year old has been impressive in Ireland earlier this year and I can't wait to
see how he will sprint against Hincapie and the others today. I have raced many
times against him as a junior in Quebec so that's why I would like to see him
14:49 EDT 117km/85km to go
team is on the front of the peloton with six riders. The gap is 16:45.
The dynamics of the stage so far are
putting the break out of reach of the peloton. if it were a smaller group -
maybe a solo rider or a group of a half-dozen riders - closing a 16-minute gap
in 80 kilometers is doable by a motivated peloton. but with twelve riders of
such quality and still not concerted effort to mount a chase, this peloton may
have decided that this break contains today's stage winner.
many teams have only stage-win ambitions for this race; see GC as an unattainable
goal so they will not bother to chase down the leaders? or is the lack of chase
due to the fact that the break is too strong and populated with riders these
teams feel can be their GC leaders come tomorrow? That may be the mentality
that opens the door for someone like Hincapie to essentially sew up GC after
Reader Robert Kane makes a good argument
against my theory that Frischkorn is the most likely Slipstream ride rto try
a longer attack off this group. He says "I am not so sure. Friedman recently
finished in the top 10 of the US TT championships, only one minute off Zabriskie’s
winning time. And I think he finished second at the Elk Grove TT."
15:10 EDT 133km/69km to go
The break is entering
Aldrich, Missouri (population 75). The new gap is 17 minutes. DFL/Cyclingnews
is still pulling the peloton. If there is not an effort beyond that of the DFL/Cyclingnews
team to mount an active chase, the race organizers actually have a case to exert
pressure on the peloton to change their approach to the stage. They want to
put on an exciting race and sometimes suffer at the hands of what seem like
perfectly understandable and logical tactics and go go so far as to fine teams
for not participating in the action.
BMC teammate Scott Nydam says Jonathan
Garcia is a sleeper in the break. "With all due respect to the big names in
the break, look for Garcia to be riding on their coat tails to pull off a big
stage win. He's been hungry for an opportunity all season. And coming off his
race at the Good Luck Beijing Invitational, he knows how to throw blows against
the heavy hitters."
15:23 EDT 144km/58km to go
The gap has now stabilized
at 17 minutes. DFL/Cyclingnews is still the team putting all the effort in at
the front of the main group. Word from the race caravan is that a mandatory
manager's meeting may be called by race organizer's this evening after the race.
Is there a call to action going out from the organizer's to the teams?
The break is approaching 5 kilometers
to the second sprint of the day. The gap is holding at 17 minutes still although
the Tecos team has sent a couple of riders to the front of the peloton to help
DFL/Cyclingnews keep the pace high.
We are noticing quite a few cheers
and notes from the side of the road for Brad Huff (Slipstream). Huff is from
Missouri and brought Slipstream one of their earliest international wins when
we won stage 1 of the 2006
Tour of Normandie.
The leaders are one kilometer from
the sprint line. Rollin is leading out the sprint.
And he takes the sprint by a good
twenty-meter gap. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators)takes second. Stefan Parinussa
The leaders are sticking together
beyond the sprint and the cooperation appears to be collapsing just a bit; bringing
their pace down.
We just chatted with BMC rider Scott
Nydam and have good news. He says that Dan Schmatz is okay. Scott says that
Schmatz is actually with the team doctor right and not at the hospital as reported.
The gap is down to 16:15 as the leaders
realize they have the advantage in the stage and start to think more about preserving
energy for a final play for the win than building time over the peloton.
15:49 EDT 163km/39km to go
is still controlling the front of the peloton. The gap is down to 15:55. The
leaders are averaging 27 mph.
The race finishes on two circuits of
approximately 3.5 kilometers each. The race organizers will likely be faced
with a safety issue so that the peloton does not run into the break on the finishing
circuit. We saw the same thing a couple of weeks ago at US Pro Road Race Championships
where the break would have lapped the peloton on the finishing circuit and confused
the final standings. In that case, the peloton was neutralized and left off
15:58 EDT 168km/34km to go
Tecos are still pulling the peloton along; at 32 miles per hour now! The break
is still cooperating. We're waiting for the inevitable attacks out of the break
16:05 EDT 172km/30km to go
The break is 7-1/2
miles in front of the peloton. They are definitely going to make it to the circuits
ahead of the peloton and may even be finished with both final laps before the
peloton gets on the circuit.
Which takes away any strange scenarios
where the organizers have to hold the peloton or score groups who are operating
on completely different laps. And also means no stage win for Brad Huff today
in front of his hometown crowd (he's from Springfield but stuck in the peloton).
16:09 EDT 177km/25km to go
The leaders are seeing
the 25-kilometers to go sign now and are approximately seventeen kilometers
from the finishing circuit. They are still all together and still trading turns
at the front.
16:16 EDT 182km/20km to go
The gap has fallen
to just under 15 minutes. The leaders are under the 20 kilometers to go banner
and still sharing the workload.
The pace is lifting in the break.
The twelve riders are still sharing the pace but the speed has risen noticeably
in the past few moments.
16:22 EDT 187km/15km to go
team is still on the front of the peloton.
The main group is still ten kilometers
behind the leaders. With approximately seven kilometers of finishing circuits
to ride, it looks like the two groups will both run the full official course
and not run into each other in the finale.
16:27 EDT 189km/13km to go
The increased pace
in the lead group is starting to corrode the cooperation between the breakaway
There seems to be a nervousness in
a coupe of rider's faces; like they are trying to decide if now is the time
to make that suicide solo launch. Or expecting it to come from someone else
at any moment.
But again, cooler heads prevail and
the group falls back into a paceline rhythm.
Toyota-United has moved riders to
the front of the peloton to help with the pacemaking.
16:31 EDT 192km/10km to go
The leaders will be
crossing the start/finish line to start the first of the two finishing circuits
in just a few moments. There is still no attack; the leaders must be working
together to keep the gap open a safe enough distance to take the peloton out
of the mix on the final circuits. The last thing these breakaway rider need
after all this work is to miss out on a placing because they get tied up in
The riders are through the start/finish
line and on the finishing circuits now.
The gap is holding at 14:30.
16:37 EDT 196km/6km to go
Will Frischkorn (Slipstream)
attacks. Hincapie jumps on. Rolling is on his wheel. And they sit up.
16:37 EDT 198km/4km to go
They have one kilometer
until they enter the final lap.
Friedman takes a shot.
Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators) pulls
him back and the leaders are all together agian.
16:39 EDT 199km/3km to go
They are on the final
lap. Hincapie and Canada are playing cat and mouse, keeping themselves off the
front and settling for marking attacks rather than making them. That's European
experience for you.
Two riders have a gap now; Hincapie
and Domonique Rollin.
The other riders bridge up and Frischkorn
goes again. Man, the attacks are coming left and right!
16:40 EDT 200.5km/1.5km to go
is off the front now.
The Symmetrics rider is immediately
marked and they are all together.
Can you say 'field sprint?'
Canada is on the front and buckling
16:42 EDT 201km/1km to go
Canada has a ten meter
gap but Frischkorn is chasing and has pulled everyone together.
And Matthew Rice (Jelly Belly) takes
a shot. He is immediately marked.
The riders cluster together for a
Hincapie breaks off the front and
takes the win out of the sprint!
Unofficially, it's Hincpaie, Pipp
We will stay with our live coverage
while the peloton comes onto the finishing circuits.
While we wait for the peloton to finsih
their final lap, we can take a quick look ahead.
Tomorrow, the riders
are challenged with 29-kilometer individual time trial in Branson, Missouri;
a community that has become a country-music and Las Vegas-style show focused
And the peloton is in without incident.
That wraps up our live coverage for today. Catch us tomorrow starting at 11am
Central (US) time) for complete coverage of the time trial.
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