Tour of Missouri - 2.1
USA, September 11-16, 2007
Results & report
Stage 5 - September 15: Jefferson City - St. Charles, 204 km
Complete live report
Live commentary by Steve Medcroft, Mark Zalewski and Kirsten Robbins
Good morning everyone. Welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 5 of the
Tour of Missouri. After a European-style long, flat, windy and aggressive stage
yesterday, the peloton is in for another hard day today. They will cover a 204-kilometer
point to point course from the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City to St.
The group is about five minutes from rolling out away from the start line. They
will ride a 2.5-mile neutral section before racing begins. The weather is a
little cold for racing; 59 degrees Fahrenheit but there is little wind today.
And they're off. Right on time.
Today's race is a little more hilly
than yesterday's so we may not see exactly the same kind of racing we say in
Stage 4; which was marked by 90 kilometers of constant attacks and covers before
a strong ten-man break got away. The break lasted 100 kilometers but Discovery
Channel, with George Hincapie in the yellow jersey, kept the gap to no more
than 4:20, and the race ended in a field sprint.
Coming out on top
in the final 50 metres was the Brazilian speedster Luciano Pagliarini (Saunier
Duval-Prodir), showing that more than footballers come from that country. Charging
in close behind was stage one winner Ivan Dominguez (Toyota-United), whose third
place gave him enough points to tie Pagliarini for the points jersey.
"I predicted that I was going to win today!" a confident Pagliarini said. "I
saw the course and I knew it was perfect for me. I believe so much in my condition
right now and I knew I could sprint well." But it was not looking the best for
him in the final 500 metres. "In the last corner I was very, very far back,"
said Pagliarini. "It was not easy but I saw a little hole on the right and I
knew that was the right moment. It took so long for me to arrive to the finish
line, but I was very fresh coming from so far back."
Toyota-United's team leader Chris
Baldwin did not start Stage 5. The American pro is suffering from tendinitis
and the after-effects of a crash in Stage 1.
The peloton is out of the neutral
zone an the racing has started.
Two riders have a small gap over the
Many of the riders are wearing jackets
this morning. 59 degrees may not seem that cold but the movement of 59-degree
air across a cyclist's body at 25 miles per hour can quickly affect the ability
for their system to properly warm up.
The two riders have a ten-second advantage.
The peloton may want an easier day after such a long, hard effort yesterday
but they are not ready to let anyone sneak away so early and are reacting to
11:45 CDT 5.6km/198.4km to go
And they are all
back together with the BMC team riding up front.
While things are evolving in today's
stage, check out some of the other content on the site. Kirsten Robbbins posted
her article following up with Levi Liepheimer about the UCI enforcement of time-trial
handlebar positions that affected his setup greatly this season. You can find
that at http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2007/sep07/sep15news.
11:51 CDT 9.2km/194.8km to go
There was another
small attack. It too was quickly covered. The jelly Belly team is on the front
of the peloton now.
Unfortunately over in the same page
are two bad-news stories for American cycling. The first is from the Navigator's
Insurance team which says that they named-sponsor is not renewing their contract
at the end of the 2008 season and the Tour of Missouri will be one of the last
races the team will be in unless manager Ed Beamon finds a new benefactor.
Beamon told Cyclingnews that the search
for a replacement sponsor has been unsuccessful, but that it is not over. "I'm
still trying to put something together," said Beamon. "I'm going to go down
with the sinking ship if I have to!" he said jokingly as a metaphor.
Beamon has been a mainstay on the American cycling scene for more than a decade
and runs a competitive program that is good for the sport so we wish him well
and hope he lands on his feet. Same for all his rider.
11:55 CDT 12km/192km to go
A group of six riders
have established a 15-second gap.
Beamon told us that it his team may
be suffering from the fall-out of negative worldwide publicity from doping scandals
that predominantly occur in the European racing scene.
"We had some
really good opportunities in the last couple of years but it's been hard this
year with all the negative publicity," he admitted. "It's a tough time to go
out shopping right now."
Two of the riders in the break are
Jonathan McCarty (Slipstream) and Cody O'Reilly (Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada).
12:03 CDT 20km/184km to go
the rest of the break
is Jeremy Venell (DFL/Cyclingnews), Sergey Lagutin (Navigators), Matthew Crane
(Health Net) and Christoph Schweizer (Team Sparkesse).
The gap is not huge by cycling standards
but it is windy on this section of the course so it has a chance to keep off
the front. We might see riders from one or two more teams bridge up before the
peloton lets it go.
12:05 CDT 21km/183km to go
But no sooner do we
write that than it all comes together.
A fresh attack is brewing. Riders
from Slipstream, BMC, Navigators, Tecos and Helth Net are all in the mix.
The break has 20 seconds.
The riders are Ian McKissick (BMC
Racing), John fredy Para (Tecos), Davide Frattini (Colavita), Andrew Badjadali
(Jelly Belly), Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators), Nathan O'Neil (Health Net), Jackson
Stewart (BMC Racing) and Brad Huff (Slipstream)
That's a completely different mix
of teams that the last break (except for Slipstream who, of course, always seem
to slip a rider into any break). The DFL/Cyclingnews team is on the front of
the main group. A couple of Discovery riders are working with them.
12:13 CDT 27.4km/176.6km to go
The break has
a 30-second lead.
45 seconds now.
Colavita and Health Net riders are
rolling through the front of the peloton; appearing to be trying to slow the
main group down and give the break a chance to succeed.
The Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada team
is at the front of the peloton and chasing.
Kodakgallery made the first break
but missed the second break.
DFL/Cyclingnews is sharing the work.
We spoke to the DFL/Cyclingnews team
manager this morning. He said that their leader's double-flat at the very end
of stage 1 ruined the Tour for them and they want to be in a break or be very
active today to earn invitations other high-profile American stage races.
The catch has been made and the group
is all together and running at something around 40 miles per hour!
12:27 CDT 39km/165km to go
A Kodakgallery rider
immediately counters and is pulling a new group off the front.
The new group of about ten riders
immediately gets together in a double paceline and starts sharing the work.
DFL/Cyclingnews has a rider in the break this time. As does Navigators, BMC,
Tecos and others. And, of course, Slipstream has a rider in. This time team
leader for the Tour of Missouri Danny Pate.
There is a situation five miles up
the road - there is an ambulance stopped on the course. The official are discussing
over race radio how to handle the situation. Their options are to re-route,
see that the ambulance is moved or even neutralize the race as the caravan passes
the area of the problem.
The new break has a ten second gap.
Glen Chadwick of Navigators is in
the break. Ian McKissick of BMC is there. As is Danny Pate (Slipstream), John
Fredy Para (Tecos), Matti Helminen (DFL/Cyclingnews), Jeff Louder (Health Net),
Bernado Colex (Tecos), Pete Lopinto (Kodakgaller/Sierra Nevada), Anthony Colby
(Colavita) and Andrew Badjadali (Jelly Belly)
The peloton has sat up and the break
is over one minute already.
The leaders are two miles from the
location on the course that is blocked by an ambulance. We have no word on how
officials will manage the situation yet.
The Discovery Channel team is parked
on the front of the main group. George Hincapie is sitting about sixth wheel
eating and chatting with the riders around him.
12:43 CDT 50km/154km to go
The gap is 2:15 at
mile 31. The ambulance is on an accident scene. It is supposedly off the road
but may be ready to leave with a patient at any moment. The race is hoping to
pass the scene quickly and keep half the road open for the ambulance rather
than having to hold the riders and send them back off with the same gap they
had when they reached the point of the problem.
Armadillos and ambulances - two thinks
to watch out for in Missouri :)
The leaders are working well together.
They are riding up a climb now. The course is littered with short, leg-burning
power climbs today. Climbs like these have a way of tearing a rider down over
the course of 200 kilometers even more than super-steep but sustained mountain
climbs. After all that work, it will be a brutal last five kilometers for the
break if they stay away to the finish.
The new gap is 3:25. The race
is also safely past the location of the ambulance.
We've just setup our live video feed
of the race at http://video.cyclingnews.com/2007/sep07/missouri/missouri07.php.
There is no audio yet but the video has been mostly stable so if you want to
see moving pictures while we bring you the action, you're welcome to open up
another browser window.
As the break gets over three minutes
and the race settles in for a while, I mentioned two bad-news for American cycling
articles in our First Edition News page for Saturday but only told you about
one. The second is that the Kodakgallery team will lose it's primary sponsor
at the end of this year and that the team management company is splitting up.
Which leaves another team of good, domestic pros looking for work this fall.
In their press release, Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada says that a Kodak corporate
decision to cut funding of their Kodakgallery product (which I guess has not
done as well as the company may have predicted) is the reason for the loss of
13:14 CDT 71km/133km to go
The gap is at 4:00
even. The break is through the feed zone. The main field is just entering the
In six kilometers, the leaders will pass through the
first sprint of the day. Soon after that, we'll see the first KOM of the day.
KOM leader Jeff Louder is in the break. We'll see if the Tecos riders or climber
Anthony Colby gives him a run for his money.
The sprint is in a small town. The
race heads into town for the sprint line then back out of town along the same
road. In order to separate the two halves of the road, the town is providing
course marshalls who are lined up about every ten meters down this main drag.
The marshalls appear to be soccer players from a local school or junior league.
Our race reporter in the caravan send out his props and best wishes for the
bravery of the course marshalls.
The sprint was won by Bernado Colex
(Tecos), Raul Alarcon (Suanier-Duval Prodir) and John Fredy Para (Tecos).
The break and the peloton passed each
other without incident thanks to the steadfast work of the junior course marshals.
The leaders are one kilometer from
They are still riding together as
a group, still taking turns at the front evenly.
A Tecos rider leads out the contest
for the KOM. Louder gets on his wheel then ups the pace to come around. Pate
is behind Louder.
Antony Colby joins the party. Louder
jumps with Colby and the Tecos rider (not sure which one of the two in the break
it is) right on him.
we believe Louder managed to hold
on to grab the KOM points. Anthony Colby (Colavita) grabbed second. The Tecos
rider third. We'll have confirmation in a few moments.
13:38 CDT 87km/117km to go
The Tecos rider who
grabbed the third spot in the KOM was Bernado Colex. Matti Helminen (DFL/Cyclingnews)
and Glen Chadwick (Navigators) grabbed the last two spots.
is stable at 4:50 seconds.
Some good news for American cycling
from across the Atlantic Ocean; Discovery Chanel's Jason McCartney won stage
14 of the Vuelta a Espana.
From the race report: "Discovery Channell's
Jason McCartney put on an impressive show by launching a solo attack to win
the Vuelta a Espa˝a stage 14. The 34 year-old American was initially part of
an 11-man escape group, but blasted free under 10 kilometres remaining as the
group's harmony disintegrated. The solo chase by Thomas L÷vkvist (Franšaise
Des Jeux) proved unsuccessful, as he finished second ahead of the escape remnants,
led by Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner).
"McCartney has gone winless
since 2004, but his talents as a strong supporting player are not doubted in
the gruppo. However, the rider, who finished third overall in the demanding
Tour of California, needed a big win to put him in the spotlight as contract
negations are being made for 2008. The Discovery Channel team is ending at the
end of this year, and the 2004 Olympic participant is currently looking for
a new team."
You can read the full report here:
As they say in our Australian home
office - 'good on ya Jason!'
It's a busy day in cycling. We will
be reporting later that arbitrators in the Floyd Landis doping case have officially
closed their hearing and will receive no more testimony. Which, according to
the rules of the arbitration, means Floyd Landis' immediate fate will be decided
on or by Sept. 22.
In the Tour of Missouri, the ten-man
break is still away with a 4:25 seconds gap.
14:01 CDT 107km/97km to go
At just past the halfway
mark, the pace of the race is greater than 26 miles per hour. The break is showing
no sign of breaking down. The peloton is showing no signs of wanting to bring
them back so we are at a stalemate for now.
One other way to pass a little time
is to check out the diaries we are posting from Health net rider Rory Sutherland.
He is a funny guy who is giving an interesting look inside the race.
We have posted diaries from Rory for all four stage so far at http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2007/sep07/missouri07/?id=features.
I think the funnest inside look he's
given us is about a little in-race competition between New Englanders and training
partners Tim Johnson of Health Net and Jesse Anthony of Kodakgallery/Sierra
Nevada. The contest seems to be who places higher in each stage. Sutherland
is dubbing the contest the Masshole cup since both riders are from Massachusetts.
From yesterday's Rory Sutherland diary: "The "Masshole Cup" standings are actually
unchanged. I think Jesse has decided that this is the be all and end all of
racing at the Tour of Missouri. I know there's no jersey and I know it's not
in the results, but it is a very, very serious classification. I watched Jesse
cover TJ trying to get across to a break, pretty funny stuff looking up from
mid pack and watching them smash out of the bunch towards a break. Unfortunately
Jesse, because TJ was already doing that no points earnt! Standings: 2-0...still!
Step up boy, step up!"
The gap has risen slightly to just
over five minutes (5:10).
14:16 CDT 113km/91km to go
The situation remains
unchanged; the break is away by just over five minutes. Discovery Channel is
setting pace in the peloton and satisfied with things as they stand.
The race is entering a town called
Washington D.C., Missouri.
14:24 CDT 120km/84km to go
The gap is being held
at 6:00. The leaders are six kilometers from the second sprint of the day.
Okay, before we get the emails from
Missouri, it was Washington, Missouri. Not Washington D.C., Missouri. Our apologies.
We want to be kind to Missouri because the state has treated us to a pretty
good bike race so far.
There is a good crowd of spectators
at the sprint line.
The leaders are one kilometer from
It's a flat, straight run in from
one kilometer out, along a road that parallels a river.
The leaders are at 200 meters. Matti
Helminen takes the sprint uncontested. John Fredy Para comes through second.
Glen Chadwick third.
Now that the peloton is through the
town of Washington and the second sprint of the day, their pace has picked up.
In response, the break has formed back into a close paceline and are rotating
through the front in even pulls. The gap has dropped slightly; to 5:40 down
14:48 CDT 133km/71km to go
is on the front of the peloton. Slipstream is second in line followed by Suanier-Duval
The race is headed for a picturesque
finish in St. Charles. From the promoter's website: "St. Charles (is) the second
oldest American settlement west of the Mississippi. The race finishes near the
famous Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, passes near Davy Crockettĺs house and includes
a quarter mile stretch near the finish line over bricks on St. Charlesĺ historic
The leaders have the gap back under
control and have returned their advantage to six minutes.
When we said that you had to watch
out for armadillos and ambulances on the roads in Missouri we missed an item;
a farmer has supposedly spilled corn on the road ahead of the leaders and is
trying to clean it up before the race reaches them.
15:01 CDT 145km/59km to go
The racecourse is
on a road currently following the Katy Trail, which is a railway line that has
been converted to a travel path primarily for bicycles. It's a beautiful stretch
From the Katy Trail wesite: "The Katy Trail is a 225
mile (365 km) bike path stretching across most of the state of Missouri. Over
half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can
ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead. After leaving
the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana."
The leaders are one kilometer from
the next King of the Mountain points line.
Again, a nice crowd has gathered at
the KOM. Good job Missouri!
If Louder takes the top points today,
he is mathematically assured the KOM jersey for the Tour.
The KOM is held at Missouri's Mount
Pleasant Winery. After this KOM, there is only five kilometers to the next one.
One of the fans at the side of the
road is holding a sign that says "Augusta, est. 1830, welcomes the tour"
Anthony Colby grabbed the tops points
in the KOM. he was followed by Bernado Colex, Jeff Louder, Matti Helminen and
One more note about the host town
of that last KOM; there is a glass-blower in town who is making the trophy for
Huff takes a rear wheel and is working
back to the leaders.
The gap is hovering at 5:45.
The leaders are on the climb, which
seems to be one of the bigger climbs the riders have seen all week.
Colex attacks the leaders on the climb.
Colby is glued to his wheel.
They have a gap over the remaining
The gap is 14 seconds.
There are good crowds on this climb
With 200 meters to go, Colex and Colby
are still away.
Matti Helminen is taking a dig to
get away from the break as well.
Colby jumps Colex at the line.
Glen Chadwick crosses next. Then John
Fredy Para. Louder crossed last and Pete Lopinto has fallen off the pace and
is behind the break.
Lopinto will likely rejoin the group
on the descent of this climb but for now, there are nine leaders and one chaser
ahead of the peloton.
Lopinto is having trouble getting
back to the break; he is 25 seconds behind at the moment but still trying.
We have a correction to make about
one of the riders in the break; it's Nicholas Reisdtad of Jelly Belly instead
of Andrew Badjadali as earlier reported.
The leaders are passing through their
final feed zone of the stage. Time to fuel up for the finish boys!
15:33 CDT 163km/41km to go
With forty kilometers
left to race, Discovery Channel is still leading the peloton. The gap is up
John Fredy Para has attacked and is
off the front.
Para has a smooth rhythm and has his
15:39 CDT 169km/35km to go
Para has a 30-second
gap. Lopinto is going backwards to the peloton and is about four minutes behind
the break. The field is 6:20 behind the leader.
With a more than six minute advantage
over the main field, it is unlikely that we will see a bunch sprint. If Para's
solo move does not succeed, he may be burning too many matches to win the stage
out of this small group.
Brad huff is a sprinter and has a teammate
on board so Slipstream is probably best setup to leverage the situation into
a win. But Louder is a powerful rider and the finish is a wide-open 700-meter
long boulevard so there will be no place to hide. It should be exciting.
15:45 CDT 173km/31km to go
The gap is sitting
at 6:05 to the main field. Para is still away and riding with an eye to win.
Back in the main peloton, Discovery has moved off the front. They have no true
tactical reason to chase down the break - the nearest rider on GC is over 14
minutes behind Hincapie and tomorrow's stage offers little opportunity to make
up the difference in time. Which means if any of the teams not represented in
the break who want this stage to end in a bunch sprint will have to do the work.
Lopinto is being absorbed back into
the peloton so there are nine men on the road ahead of the main group.
15:48 CDT 176km/28km to go
Para is at 176 kilometers.
Sonier-Duval Prodir is driving the peloton.
Para is rocking his bike back and
forth and is still away.
He is looking behind him and appears
to be conceding, letting himself roll back to the break.
It was a
The break is not so quick to grab
him up. Para is still off the front by 20 seconds.
Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada and Team
Sparkasse take over the pacemaking at the front of the peloton.
Para is back to working hard. His
advantage is 25 seconds. The break may just be letting him kill himself out
of the finale. Or maybe the Columbian is strong enough to hold them off.
15:56 CDT 176km/28km to go
Para's lead is back
to 30 seconds. The chasers do not look too motivated.
The gap back to the main field has
dropped a little; to 5:05 now. Do you think the peloton can bring a 5 minute
gap back in less than 25 kilometers? Or would you rather see Para succeed? Or
the break fight for the win?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One vote is in for Anthony Colby,
who won the King of the Mountain competition at the Tour de Toona in July. Colby
also put in an impressive display of his climbing prowess on the Tour de Georgia's
notorious Brasstown Bald climb at this year's event, finishing third behind
Discovery Channel's Levi Leipheimer and Thomas Danielson.
16:05 CDT 189km/15km to go
We must have had our
mileage counts off. The riders have just passed a 15 kilometers to go banner.
The drop in the gap back to the field may just be a by-product of the eight-man
chase (break) group's desire to whittle their numbers by one by making Para
Para may not be willing to play along
with that game though - he is eating and soft pedaling; saving something for
another surge to stay away or to have the energy to factor in a print out of
the break should that happen.
Glen Chadwick fell of the pace a little
but caught back onto the chase group. Para's advantage has eroded to 15 seconds.
Reader Kenneth Derrington is pulling
for the Columbian.
Matti Helminen has attacked but is
quickly matched. Glen Chadwick countered and is now on the front.
16:11 CDT 192km/12km to go
The attacks in the
break may hurt some of the riders.
Helminen is taking another dig. The
remaining seven riders are disorganized and Helminen is free at the moment.
Helminen is catching on to Para just
as Chadwick catches back on.
Helminen and Chadwick pass Para.
The gap back to the main field is
But the other riders from the break
have caught on and all nine are together.
Which sets Huff up to counter is the
other riders can pull Pate back. And if they hesitate and leave Pate alone,
he is certainly strong enough to stay clear.
Bernado Colex has gone off the front
There is a 15-second gap between Helminen
and Colex and the other breakaway rider.
Just in case we didn't mention it
in the chaos, Pate is back with the original break.
Danny Pate is attacking the chasers.
We may be biased, but we are pulling
for a DFL/Cyclingnews win. There, we said it.
The two leaders are holding their
15-second gap. The pace is dropping Nicholas Resitad (Jelly Belly) off the back
of the chase group.
16:20 CDT 197km/7km to go
Colex and Helminen
are working together. They know that there are two chase on the road after them.
The remnants of the original break are still fifteen seconds back. The main
group is at 3:05.
The roads for the final kilometers
are really wide, four-lane blacktop. There are a couple of tough turns and one
short stretch of single-lane road but it is a drag strip from here on out.
16:23 CDT 200km/4km to go
Helminen and Colex
are staying clear with only four kilometers to race now.
Pate is time trialing across the gap
but the rest of the original break is holding him.
The gap to the main field is 3:00
still which means our winners will come from the original break.
16:25 CDT 201km/3km to go
Ten seconds to Helminen
and Colex. Pate is coming across.
The two leaders need to keep Pate
off their wheel; he is a strong solo rider (a former junior World time trial
16:28 CDT 203km/1km to go
Pate is off the front
16:28 CDT 203.5km/0.5km to go
Pate soloes in
for the win.
John Fredy Para (Tecos) finished second.
Jeff Louder (Health Net) finished third.
16:32 CDT 204km/0km to go
The main field is through
the finish line. And with that, thank you for following along with our live
coverage of Stage 5 of the Tour of Missouri. We'll be back tomorrow at 1pm Central
(US) time for the final stage, a 119-kilometer jaunt around Saint Louis.
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