Posted by Editoress on 09/7/09
Stage 1 results and post race interviews by Amy Smolens
British sprinter Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) thrilled the huge Labor Day crowds with a sprint victory at Stage One of the Tour of Missouri today. He outdueled Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) of Argentina, who finished second, and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) of Norway, who finished third, for the first Missouri Tourism Leader's Jersey of the week.
"Like I said, I can't do it alone. I have the best team around me," Cavendish said about his 24th career victory today. With the win, he also receives a new Buell 1125R motorcycle, courtesy of Gateway Harley-Davidson. "I could see the motorbike glistening so it was like a carrot on a string."
A field of 118 professional riders representing 23 countries started the 75-mile (120.7-kilometer) course rode under sunny skies, which radiated off the famous Gateway Arch just beyond the start/finish area along Market and 7th streets in downtown St. Louis. The circuit race, 10 laps of 7.5-miles each, also passed other St. Louis landmarks, including the Anheuser-Busch InBev Brewery, Busch Stadium and Lafayette Park. It was a stage that was predicted to be ruled by the top sprinters, and three of the best ended the day on the podium.
"To win a stage would be nice, but with Cavendish it will be hard. There has to be a way," added Haedo after the race.
Most of the race was led by a breakaway threesome, Moises Aldape (Team Type 1) of Mexico, Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) of Lithuania, and Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank) of Denmark, who led for eight laps. They were caught with about 12 miles to go by a charging peloton. And a crash with 500 meters to go caught defending champion Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) in the pileup, resulting in a hairline fracture in his second metacarpal of his right hand.
“It could have been a lot worse. Racing is going to be painful but I’m the defending champion and continuing is important to me and my team. I’ll be at the start tomorrow,” Vande Velde said after having x-rays made of his hand.
In addition to the Missouri Tourism Leader's jersey, Cavendish also captures the Edward Jones Sprint jersey as well as leads in the points classification for the 180 Energy/Icelandic Glacial Water Best Young Rider jersey. His Sprint jersey will be worn by in Stage 2 by Aldape, who was second in the sprint points. The Most Aggressive Rider jersey will then be worn tomorrow by Vaitkus.
"I'm so proud of the outpouring of support today. Are you aware that there's a race in Spain this week? But the top riders in the world are here," said Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to the thousands of fans at the awards presentation following the stage. "Tomorrow we continue for the first time in the southeast corner (of the state) from Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau, 112 miles of undulating Missouri hills. I hope you will join us, and all week."
For the first time since its inaugural year in 2007, the 2009 Tour will route east to west, starting in St. Louis and finishing in Kansas City. The past two years, the race routed west to east, starting in Kansas City and finishing in St. Louis. There will be two circuit races (St. Louis, Kansas City), one individual time trial (Sedalia), and four point to point road races (Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau; Farmington to Rolla; St. James to Jefferson City; Chillicothe to St. Joseph). The overall mileage for the course is 612 miles.
Tour of Missouri press release
Post-race - Michael Barry - Team Columbia, team of stage winner Mark Cavendish
Amy Smolens: No matter who's a part of the Columbia train you guys have it dialed for the Mark Cavendish victory, don't you?
Michael Barry: Yeah, for sure. When you have a sprinter like Mark or (Andre) Greipel or (Greg) Henderson they have confidence in us, we have confidence in them and they deliver so the team has figured out how to win and we just keep doing it. There's a snowball effect to it and the more we win the more confident we get so it gets easier.
AS: And there seem to be interchangeable parts whether it's Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel or anyone else, you all know just what to do.
MB: Yeah, exactly. Everybody has raced selflessly for one objective and that makes a huge difference to the success of the team.
AS: The Team Columbia lineup for 2010 was announced today and I didn't see your name on the list. Is there a particular reason for that and do you know where you'll be riding next season? *
MB: I do, yeah. It'll be announced in the next few days. I've had a great couple of years with Columbia and I have some new opportunities on another team. I've decided it was time to change and I'm looking forward to the new opportunities - just a new environment, new challenges - I'm really excited about it, actually!
AS: So you'll tell me about it after Stage 3 then?
MB: Ummm, maybe, yeah (laughs!)
AS: Thanks a lot.
MB: You're welcome.
Post-race, Martin Gilbert- Planet Energy, 5th place on stage
Amy Smolens: You've been on the North and South American circuits all year with Planet Energy. What's it like to finally have the opportunity to mix it up against the big guys from the ProTour like Mark Cavendish and Thor Hushovd?
Martin Gilbert: I think it's a good thing. We waited and we worked for this race all year, so now we have a chance to be in this Tour against the big guys so we want to take our chance and try to beat them here while we have the chance.
AS: And is it a good situation where you can sit and wait when the break is away because you know that Team Columbia is going to do the work to chase it down for Cavendish?
MG: Yeah, I think we have to be intelligent. Now today we know that Cavendish is probably the fastest guy right now so we know that if Columbia wants to get the jersey, their best chance is to go for the sprints. So we took our chances - Keven (Lacombe) feels good, the new rookie feels good, Guillaume (Boivin,) and we had a lot of power with all the other guys for the sprint. I think we knew it would finish in a sprint so we waited for it, we tried to fight it out in the hope we can do good and I think we did good. We want to do better but we still have a few days.
AS: What does it feel like to have come in ahead of everyone except three ProTour riders - Cavendish, Juan Jose Haedo and Hushovd?
MG: Oh I think it's good! I think we want to win, I'm sure we can beat them so we are here for that. We try hard and we couldn't beat the first three guys but I think we can do it and we'll try as hard as we can to beat them in the next couple of days.
AS: Thanks, good luck!
* The SKY [team] hasn't announced their roster but they will have five or six of our riders," said Stapleton, who confirmed other riders set to leave his team include Thomas Lovkvist, Michael Barry and Greg Henderson. All three are understood to be heading for SKY, though Mark Cavendish, the star of the Columbia team, is staying with the squad for 2010. Cavendish last night secured the 50th win of his career at the Tour of Missouri in St Louis.
|Stage 1: St Louis Circuit, 120.7 km|
|1 Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|2 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|3 Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|4 Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas)||2:43:56|
|5 Martin Gilbert (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|6 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|7 Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|8 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|9 John Murphy (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|10 Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|11 Davide Malacarne (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|12 Davide Frattini (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|13 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|14 Karl Menzies (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|15 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|16 Matthew Wilson (Team Type 1)||2:43:56|
|17 Frederique Robert (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|18 Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|19 Janez Brajkovic (Astana)||2:43:56|
|20 Daniel Oss (Liquigas)||2:43:56|
|21 Timothy Duggan (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|22 Lars Ytting Bak (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|23 Neil Shirley (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|24 Dominique Cornu (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|25 Brett Lancaster (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|26 Guillaume Boivin (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|27 Gregory Rast (Astana)||2:43:56|
|28 Danny Pate (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|29 Luis Romero Amaran (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|30 Matthew Rice (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|31 George Hincapie (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|32 Keven Lacombe (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|33 Florian Stalder (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|34 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|35 Marco Pinotti (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|36 David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|37 Jason Donald (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|38 Bradley White (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|39 Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:43:56|
|40 Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|41 Jason McCartney (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|42 Michael Barry (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|43 Brian Vandborg (Liquigas)||2:43:56|
|44 Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|45 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana)||2:43:56|
|46 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1)||2:43:56|
|47 Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|48 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|49 Nicki Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|50 Ryan Roth (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|51 Steven Cozza (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|52 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|53 Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|54 Edward King (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|55 Marcel Wyss (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|56 Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|57 Michael Rogers (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|58 Rory Sutherland (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|59 Thomas Frei (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|60 Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|61 Michael Creed (Team Type 1)||2:43:56|
|62 Floyd Landis (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|63 Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|64 David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|65 William Frischkorn (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
|66 Levi Leipheimer (Astana)||2:43:56|
|67 Darren Lill (Team Type 1)||2:43:56|
|68 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|69 Bernhard Eisel (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|70 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|71 Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|72 Charles Bradley Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|73 François Parisien (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|74 Andrey Zeits (Astana)||2:43:56|
|75 Jeffry Louder (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|76 Andrew Randell (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|77 Yaroslav Popovych (Astana)||2:43:56|
|78 Bruno Langlois (Planet Energy)||2:43:56|
|79 Christopher Baldwin (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|80 Addy Engels (Quick Step)||2:43:56|
|81 Marcus Ljungqvist (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|82 Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:43:56|
|83 Will Routley (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|84 Andrew Guptill (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|85 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)||2:43:56|
|86 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas)||2:43:56|
|87 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|88 Jens Voigt (Team Saxo Bank)||2:43:56|
|89 Andrew Pinfold (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:43:56|
|90 Craig Lewis (Team Columbia-HTC)||2:43:56|
|91 Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|92 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas)||2:43:56|
|93 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team)||2:43:56|
|94 Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:43:56|
|95 Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:43:56|
|96 Anibal Borrajo (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|97 Tomas Vaitkus (Astana)||2:43:56|
|98 Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)||2:43:56|
|99 Matthew Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:43:56|
|100 Steve Morabito (Astana)||2:43:56|
|101 Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:43:56|
|102 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|103 Christopher Jones (Team Type 1)||2:43:56|
|104 Phillip Gaimon (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)||2:44:25|
|105 Charly Vives (Planet Energy)||2:44:25|
|106 Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:44:33|
|107 Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo Test Team)||2:44:35|
|108 Tyler Wren (Colavita/Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light)||2:44:39|
|109 Moises Aldape Chavez (Team Type 1)||2:43:56|
|110 Timothy Johnson (Ouch Presented By Maxxis)||2:45:10|
|111 Shawn Milne (Team Type 1)||2:45:44|
|112 Valery Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)||2:45:44|
|113 Cody O'reilly (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:45:47|
|114 Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:43:56|
|115 Peter Latham (Bissell Pro Cycling)||2:43:56|
|116 Andreas Klier (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|117 Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo Test Team)||2:43:56|
|118 Christian Vandevelde (Garmin-Slipstream)||2:43:56|
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