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Saxo’s Haedo dethrones race leader Hushovd after winning stage 4 at the Tour of Missouri

JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) took the yellow jersey in the 2009 Tour of Missouri on Thursday after winning a tough uphill sprint against race leader Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) on the “capital wall” in Jefferson City. It was another mass dash after the peloton gobbled up a four-man break — Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly), Bradley White (OUCH-Maxxis), Michael Creed (Team Type 1) and Jeff Louder (BMC) — as they began the first of three circuits around the Missouri Capitol.

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2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank) takes the stage and the overall lead.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank) takes the stage and the overall lead.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) took the yellow jersey in the 2009 Tour of Missouri on Thursday after winning a tough uphill sprint against race leader Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) on the “capital wall” in Jefferson City.

It was another mass dash after the peloton gobbled up a four-man break — Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly), Bradley White (OUCH-Maxxis), Michael Creed (Team Type 1) and Jeff Louder (BMC) — as they began the first of three circuits around the Missouri Capitol.

A crash caused a split in the final miles, taking down overall contender George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC), sprint hopeful Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) and a number of other riders.

JJ Haedo was slowed by the crash, but worked his way back into the top 8 by the final kilometer.

“I had to sort of recover a little bit before the sprint, so I held it back to seventh or eighth wheel maybe, and then I started sprinting from farther back, which was hard to do,” Haedo said. “Actually the last 100 meters I was just like all in, all for the line and there was no time to look around.”

Cervelo had been controlling the front in the last kilometers, but the crash took out several of Hushovd’s leadout men, including Brett Lancaster, leaving him with just one teammate heading into the final kilometer.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: Race leader Thor Hushovd (Cervélo) took second, but gave up the jersey.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“(Lead-out man Heinrich) Haussler went at 500 meters,” Hushovd said. “A bit too early, but we had no choice. I lost a bit of speed just on the last climb, then JJ came from behind and we kind of drag raced and he just got me.”

Hushovd hung on for second with Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) third, but Hushovd lost his leader’s jersey to the Saxo Bank sprinter, although the two are now tied on time.

All the riders involved in the crash finished and were given the same time as the winner.

How it unfolded

The 109.2-mile race covered more rolling terrain from St. James to the state’s capital in Jefferson City, where the peloton gave the locals a show by turning laps around a finishing circuit marked by that tough 300-meter climb to the finish line.

The race was a man short as it rolled out — Columbia’s Mark Cavendish was feeling “slightly ill,” according to a team spokesman, and called it a race after two stage wins.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: Creed, Louder and White in the break.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: Creed, Louder and White in the break.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

OUCH’s Floyd Landis attacked from the gun and took about 30 seconds before being pulled back. More attacks followed and failed before Van Ulden, White, Creed and Louder finally got away, building a lead of 1:45 at the 24.5-mile mark.

Garmin-Slipstream, Cervélo TestTeam and Columbia-HTC took the front of the bunch and set a reasonable tempo as the break extended its advantage to about three and a half minutes, with Creed taking the first intermediate sprint at Belle. The temperature was going up, too, approaching 90 degrees under cloudy skies.

Tick, tock

Fifty-four miles into the stage, the break was losing ground, its margin down to two minutes. And that’s where it stayed for many miles, the peloton clearly confident of its ability to snatch back the escapees whenever it chose.

With 20 miles remaining, the gap was down to 90 seconds. Louder took the second intermediate sprint at Taos. Ten miles later the gap was just a minute as Cervélo and Liquigas drove the chase.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: Liquigas and Cervélo drove the chase back to Jefferson City.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Creed said the foursome raced hard for the first 15 or 20 kilometers of their breakaway, then cruised the middle before picking it up again at the end.

“We knew that they were going to keep us at a certain distance and that certain teams were going to work together, so we would just be beating our heads against the wall if we raced full tilt the whole way. So actually when we got out to three minutes we were going pretty slow. We knew no matter what, they were going to keep us at that distance.”

As the break raced toward Jefferson City the foursome’s advantage was just 40 seconds. Louder launched a couple of attacks that shed Creed as the break drove into town. White was next to try his luck as a small group leapt off the front of the chase and absorbed his erstwhile mates, but he came apart on the wall and it was gruppo compatto.

Zabriskie gets in some TT practice

Attacks came and went, but nothing stuck, and with one lap to go the bunch was all together. Then David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream), hoping to get clear of any last lap danger, had a dig up the hill. He was caught — and then went again, and was caught again.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: JJ Haedo in the first yellow jersey of his career.

2009 Tour of Missouri, Stage 4: JJ Haedo in the first yellow jersey of his career.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

A crash in a fast left-hand turn put Hincapie and Sebastian Haedo on the deck, but race leader Hushovd was ahead of the spill and Cervélo moved forward to give him a hand. So, too, did Rory Sutherland (OUCH), working for U.S. pro crit champ John Murphy, as the bunch crossed the bridge and headed for its final trip up the wall.

The field went curb to curb on the final ascent, and Hushovd drilled it early, only to see JJ Haedo take the victory and the overall lead.

Breakaway members Creed and Louder were given pack time and, thanks to the time bonuses they earned at intermediate sprints during the day, moved up to seventh and eighth, respectively, on the GC.

The overall standings are likely to be overturned by Friday’s critical 19-mile time trial, with some names that have been quiet to date — names like Leipheimer, Zabriskie, Zirbel, Hincapie and Rogers — making the headlines.

Beyond the time trial, several riders said they were expecting a much harder final weekend as the race grooves west toward Kansas City.

“There may be breakaways the last two days,” JJ Haedo said. “It’s going to be a harder race than it’s been the last two days, that’s for sure.”

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Results

Stage results: | Click for: (GC standings )

  • 1. Juan Jose Haedo Team Saxo Bank in 4.07:55
  • 2. Thor Hushovd Cervelo TestTeam at s.t.
  • 3. Dario Cataldo Quick Step
  • 4. Daniel Oss Liquigas
  • 5. Kyle Wamsley Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 6. Bernhard Eisel Team Columbia-HTC
  • 7. Kevin Lacombe Planet Energy
  • 8. Antonio Cruz BMC Racing Team
  • 9. Brent Bookwalter BMC Racing Team
  • 10. Moises Aldape Chavez Team Type 1
  • 11. Davide Frattini Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 12. Jeremy Powers Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 13. John Murphy OUCH-Maxxis
  • 14. Gustav Larsson Team Saxo Bank
  • 15. Alex Candelario Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 16. George Hincapie Team Columbia-HTC
  • 17. Marcel Wyss Cervelo TestTeam
  • 18. Dan Bowman Kelly Benefit Strategies at
  • 19. Guillaume Boivin Planet Energy
  • 20. Danny Pate Garmin-Slipstream
  • 21. Neil Shirley Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 22. Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank
  • 23. Jason Donald Garmin-Slipstream
  • 24. Fabio Calabria Team Type 1
  • 25. Marco Pinotti Team Columbia-HTC
  • 26. Janez Brajkovic Astana
  • 27. Thomas Frei BMC Racing Team
  • 28. Ytting Bak Lars Team Saxo Bank
  • 29. Marcus Ljungqvist Team Saxo Bank
  • 30. Brian Vandborg Liquigas
  • 31. Levi Leipheimer Astana
  • 32. Anthony Colby Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 33. Michael Friedman Garmin-Slipstream
  • 34. Matthew Crane Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 35. Thomas Vedel Kvist Quick Step
  • 36. Walle Jurgen Van De Quick Step
  • 37. Tomas Vaitkus Astana
  • 38. David Veilleux Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 39. Andrew Bajadali Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 40. Andrew Guptill Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 41. Scott Zwizanski Kelly Benefit Strategies at
  • 42. Brett Lancaster Cervelo TestTeam
  • 43. Andrey Zeits Astana
  • 44. Steve Morabito Astana
  • 45. Valery Kobzarenko Team Type 1
  • 46. Luis Romero Amaran Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 47. Mathias Frank BMC Racing Team
  • 48. Kevin Seeldraeyers Quick Step
  • 49. Tyler Wren Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 50. Nicki Sorensen Team Saxo Bank
  • 51. Michael Rogers Team Columbia-HTC
  • 52. David Zabriskie Garmin-Slipstream
  • 53. Christopher Jones Team Type 1
  • 54. Ryan Anderson Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 55. Steven Cozza Garmin-Slipstream
  • 56. Peter Latham Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 57. Alexandr Dyachenko Astana
  • 58. Craig Lewis Team Columbia-HTC
  • 59. Darren Lill Team Type 1
  • 60. Floyd Landis OUCH-Maxxis
  • 61. Michael Barry Team Columbia-HTC
  • 62. Anker Sorensen Chris Team Saxo Bank
  • 63. Christopher Baldwin OUCH-Maxxis
  • 64. Rory Sutherland OUCH-Maxxis
  • 65. Heinrich Haussler Cervelo TestTeam
  • 66. Jeffry Louder BMC Racing Team at
  • 67. Florian Stalder BMC Racing Team
  • 68. Will Routley Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 69. Reid Mumford Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 70. Tom Zirbel Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 71. Karl Menzies OUCH-Maxxis
  • 72. Dominique Cornu Quick Step
  • 73. Kanstantsin Siutsou Team Columbia-HTC
  • 74. Jeremy Vennell Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 75. Bradley White OUCH-Maxxis
  • 76. Michael Creed Team Type 1 at
  • 77. Jason Mccartney Team Saxo Bank
  • 78. Matthew Wilson Team Type 1
  • 79. Timothy Duggan Garmin-Slipstream
  • 80. Ryan Roth Planet Energy
  • 81. Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
  • 82. Kiel Reijnen Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 83. Jeremy Hunt Cervelo TestTeam
  • 84. Bradley Huff Charles Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 85. Yaroslav Popovych Astana
  • 86. Valerio Agnoli Liquigas
  • 87. Joaquin Novoa Menedez Cervelo TestTeam
  • 88. Gregory Rast Astana
  • 89. Shawn Milne Team Type 1
  • 90. Jackson Stewart BMC Racing Team
  • 91. Phillip Gaimon Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 92. Francesco Chicchi Liquigas
  • 93. Franco Pellizotti Liquigas
  • 94. Charly Vives Planet Energy
  • 95. Ben Jacques-maynes Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 96. Andy Jacques-maynes Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 97. Francois Parisien Planet Energy
  • 98. Edward King Cervelo TestTeam
  • 99. Timothy Johnson OUCH-Maxxis
  • 100. Omer Kem Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 101. Frederique Robert Quick Step
  • 102. Frank Pipp Bissell Pro Cycling
  • 103. Sebastian Haedo Lucas Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 104. Anibal Borrajo Colavita-Sutter Home
  • 105. Andrew Randell Planet Energy
  • 106. Bruno Langlois Planet Energy
  • 107. Martin Gilbert Planet Energy
  • 108. Andreas Klier Cervelo TestTeam
  • 109. Andrew Pinfold OUCH-Maxxis
  • 110. Bernard Van Ulden Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 4.12:28
  • 111. Davide Malacarne Quick Step
  • 112. Addy Engels Quick Step
  • 113. Alessandro Vanotti Liquigas in 4.14:38 at 6:43
  • 114. William Frischkorn Garmin-Slipstream in 4.15:01 at 7:06
  • 115. Matthew Rice Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 4.15:01 at …

GC standings | Click for: ( Stage results )

  • 1. Jose Haedo Juan Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:08
  • 2. Thor Hushovd Cervelo TestTeam
  • 3. Dario Cataldo Quick Step in 15.35:26
  • 4. Moises Aldape Chavez Team Type 1 in 15.35:26 at 18
  • 5. Michael Friedman Garmin-Slipstream in 15.35:28 at 20
  • 6. Tomas Vaitkus Astana in 15.35:28 at 20
  • 7. Michael Creed Team Type 1 in 15.35:29 at 21
  • 8. Jeffry Louder BMC Racing Team in 15.35:29 at 21
  • 9. Anker Sorensen Chris Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:30 at 22
  • 10. Michael Rogers Team Columbia-HTC in 15.35:31 at 23
  • 11. Timothy Duggan Garmin-Slipstream in 15.35:31 at 23
  • 12. Ytting Bak Lars Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:32 at 24
  • 13. Matthew Wilson Team Type 1 in 15.35:32 at 24
  • 14. Kiel Reijnen Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.35:33 at 25
  • 15. Bradley White OUCH-Maxxis in 15.35:33 at 25
  • 16. Antonio Cruz BMC Racing Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 17. Daniel Oss Liquigas in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 18. Alex Candelario Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 19. Davide Frattini Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.35:34 at 26
  • 20. Janez Brajkovic Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 21. George Hincapie Team Columbia-HTC in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 22. Kevin Seeldraeyers Quick Step in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 23. David Veilleux Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 24. Davide Malacarne Quick Step in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 25. Guillaume Boivin Planet Energy in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 26. Frederique Robert Quick Step in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 27. Thomas Vedel Kvist Quick Step in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 28. Danny Pate Garmin-Slipstream in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 29. Dominique Cornu Quick Step in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 30. Sebastian Haedo Lucas Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.35:34 at 26
  • 31. Brent Bookwalter BMC Racing Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 32. Luis Romero Amaran Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.35:34 at 26
  • 33. Frank Pipp Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 34. Jason Donald Garmin-Slipstream in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 35. Marco Pinotti Team Columbia-HTC in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 36. Gustav Larsson Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 37. Brian Vandborg Liquigas in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 38. Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 39. Anthony Colby Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.35:34 at 26
  • 40. Gregory Rast Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 41. Levi Leipheimer Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 42. Nicki Sorensen Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 43. Marcel Wyss Cervelo TestTeam in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 44. Darren Lill Team Type 1 in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 45. Thomas Frei BMC Racing Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 46. Michael Barry Team Columbia-HTC in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 47. Steven Cozza Garmin-Slipstream in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 48. Jason Mccartney Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 49. Alexandr Dyachenko Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 50. Karl Menzies OUCH-Maxxis in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 51. Andrey Zeits Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 52. Jeremy Powers Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 53. Jackson Stewart BMC Racing Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 54. Rory Sutherland OUCH-Maxxis in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 55. Andrew Pinfold OUCH-Maxxis in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 56. David Zabriskie Garmin-Slipstream in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 57. Marcus Ljungqvist Team Saxo Bank in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 58. Yaroslav Popovych Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 59. Addy Engels Quick Step in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 60. Peter Latham Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 61. Ryan Roth Planet Energy in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 62. Andrew Guptill Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.35:34 at 26
  • 63. Floyd Landis OUCH-Maxxis in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 64. Reid Mumford Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 65. Christopher Jones Team Type 1 in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 66. Will Routley Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 67. Andrew Bajadali Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 68. Ben Jacques-maynes Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 69. Andrew Randell Planet Energy in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 70. Jeremy Vennell Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 71. Tom Zirbel Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 72. Steve Morabito Astana in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 73. Valery Kobzarenko Team Type 1 in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 74. Heinrich Haussler Cervelo TestTeam in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 75. Christopher Baldwin OUCH-Maxxis in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 76. Andy Jacques-maynes Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 77. Joaquin Novoa Menedez Cervelo TestTeam in 15.35:34 at 26
  • 78. Edward King Cervelo TestTeam in 15.35:51 at 43
  • 79. Bruno Langlois Planet Energy in 15.35:53 at 45
  • 80. Neil Shirley Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:54 at 46
  • 81. Scott Zwizanski Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:54 at 46
  • 82. Ryan Anderson Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:54 at 46
  • 83. Dan Bowman Kelly Benefit Strategies in 15.35:54 at 46
  • 84. Brett Lancaster Cervelo TestTeam in 15.35:55 at 47
  • 85. Andreas Klier Cervelo TestTeam in 15.35:55 at 47
  • 86. Martin Gilbert Planet Energy in 15.36:15 at 1:07
  • 87. Mathias Frank BMC Racing Team in 15.36:15 at 1:07
  • 88. John Murphy OUCH-Maxxis in 15.36:16 at 1:08
  • 89. Florian Stalder BMC Racing Team in 15.36:22 at 1:14
  • 90. Matthew Crane Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.36:31 at 1:23
  • 91. Kevin Lacombe Planet Energy in 15.36:39 at 1:31
  • 92. Fabio Calabria Team Type 1 in 15.36:39 at 1:31
  • 93. Timothy Johnson OUCH-Maxxis in 15.36:48 at 1:40
  • 94. Bernhard Eisel Team Columbia-HTC in 15.37:05 at 1:57
  • 95. Phillip Gaimon Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.37:07 at 1:59
  • 96. Kyle Wamsley Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.37:11 at 2:03
  • 97. Craig Lewis Team Columbia-HTC in 15.37:13 at 2:05
  • 98. Shawn Milne Team Type 1 in 15.37:22 at 2:14
  • 99. Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank in 15.37:53 at 2:45
  • 100. Kanstantsin Siutsou Team Columbia-HTC in 15.37:53 at 2:45
  • 101. Valerio Agnoli Liquigas in 15.37:53 at 2:45
  • 102. Anibal Borrajo Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.37:53 at 2:45
  • 103. Franco Pellizotti Liquigas in 15.37:53 at 2:45
  • 104. Jeremy Hunt Cervelo TestTeam in 15.37:53 at 2:45
  • 105. Omer Kem Bissell Pro Cycling in 15.39:23 at 4:15
  • 106. Bernard Van Ulden Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.40:06 at 4:58
  • 107. Bradley Huff Charles Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.40:17 at 5:09
  • 108. Walle Jurgen Van De Quick Step in 15.40:17 at 5:09
  • 109. Tyler Wren Colavita-Sutter Homein 15.41:00 at 5:52
  • 110. Francois Parisien Planet Energy in 15.41:21 at 6:13
  • 111. Charly Vives Planet Energy in 15.42:26 at 7:18
  • 112. Matthew Rice Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 15.42:40 at 7:32
  • 113. Francesco Chicchi Liquigas in 15.42:51 at 7:43
  • 114. William Frischkorn Garmin-Slipstream in 15.45:08 at 10:00
  • 115. Alessandro Vanotti Liquigas in 15.46:06 at 10:58