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2008 Tour of Missouri Live Updates: Stage 2

11:01 AM: Tune in Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. EDTfor live coverage of stage 2 11:30 AM: From Clinton to SpringfieldToday's 126-mile stage is the longest of the tour. It is also the stage where last year the critical, race-shaping breakaway went clear. George Hincapie won the stage, then held the lead until the race finish.

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By Ben Delaney

  • 11:01 AM: Tune in Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. EDT

    for live coverage of stage 2

  • 11:30 AM: From Clinton to Springfield

    Today’s 126-mile stage is the longest of the tour. It is also the stage where last year the critical, race-shaping breakaway went clear. George Hincapie won the stage, then held the lead until the race finish.

  • 02:14 PM: Good afternoon and welcome

    To VeloNews.com’s live coverage of stage 2 of the Tour of Missouri.

    We join the race at mile 80, where we have five men clear by more than two minutes.

  • 02:16 PM: In the breakaway

    Are Andreas Schillinger (Team Sparkasse), Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast), Mike Sayers (BMC), Andy Guptill (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Andrew Randell (Symmetrics).

    The five men went clear at mile 17.

  • 02:17 PM: Columbia on the front all day

    With their man Mark Cavendish in the yellow leader’s jersey after taking stage 1 in the sprint, Columbia have been patrolling the front from the gun.

  • 02:19 PM: The break’s advantage peaked at about 3:15

    In the last few miles the gap has started to fall.

  • 02:20 PM: Mumford a new dad

    Reid Mumford recently became a father, and his Kelly benefit Strategies teammates asked us to give him a shout out.

    Good on ya, Reid.

  • 02:21 PM: Gap hovering at 2:25

    As the five riders continue to work well together.

  • 02:23 PM: Cavendish gratified

    VeloNews spoke to Mark Cavendish at the start of today’s stage in Clinton. He said he was happy to get the win yesterday on American soil, especially after being relegating following a sprint win earlier in the year at the Amgen Tour of California. “Obviously I tried a lot in California, so it’s great to get one,” Cavendish said. “It’s great for the sponsor. It’s great for myself, it’s great for the fans watching the race.”

  • 02:25 PM: Sunny days

    In sharp contrast to yesterday’s moody weather, riders are enjoying sunshine in the run towards Springfield today. There’s a bit of a wind, but nothing serious.

  • 02:28 PM: Liquigas sitting behind Columbia

    The Italian squad’s Francesco Chicchi scored a third-place finish yesterday behind Cavendish and Garmin-Chipotle’s Tyler Farrar. They seem eager to ensure another sprint finish today.

  • 02:34 PM: With the TT tomorrow, how hard will Columbia ride?

    Considering Columbia has a few men in its stable in the GC hunt — George Hincapie the top among them — how hard will the team ride to ensure a sprint today? Cavendish said at the start that the team can have its cake and eat it, too.

    “We’ve got quite a strong team, even outside the guys who are going for GC,” he said. “You saw how the young guys rode yesterday. Guys like John Devine, Craig Lewis. They brought the gap back quite easily, quite comfortably, so it shouldn’t be too much trouble to keep it together today.”

  • 02:35 PM: 38 miles to go

    Columbia continues to hold the gap at just over two minutes.

  • 02:36 PM: Breakaway composition

    The five off the front are:
    Andreas Schillinger (Team Sparkasse)
    Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast)
    Mike Sayers (BMC)
    Andy Guptill (Colavita-Sutter Home)
    Andrew Randell (Symmetrics)

  • 02:41 PM: Sayers’ swansong

    Mike Sayers, a longtime rider in the U.S. scene, announced he will be hanging it up after the Tour of Missouri. But, true to form, he’s not going without a fight. He’s taking his pulls in the breakaway to keep hope alive.

  • 02:44 PM: John Devine in the wind, with 36 miles to go

    Columbia’s young American, John Devine, is riding the front in the drops. Although the composition behind Columbia changes, the color of the jerseys on the front of the pack really hasn’t changed all day.

  • 02:46 PM: Gap back up to 2:50

    Columbia is riding like a machine, letting the break dangle – not allowing too much of a gap, but not bringing it down too quickly, either.

  • 02:52 PM: Michael Barry takes his turn

    Barry recently finished 9th at the Olympic road race, and is preparing to ride for Canada at the upcoming world championships. For now, however, he’s riding a stiff tempo at the front of the field for his man Cavendish.

  • 02:56 PM: Race rolls through Walnut Grove

    Walnut Grove is a small town just northwest of Sprinfield. While there are no categorized climbs on today’s stage, riders are constantly hitting small rollers and little undulations.

  • 02:59 PM: Second sprint of the day coming up

    The town of Willard hosts the day’s second sprint.

    Results of the first sprint in Stockton:
    Andreas Schillinger (Sparkasse)
    Mike Sayers (BMC)
    Andy Guptill (Colavita)

  • 03:01 PM: Tyler Farrar in green

    Garmin’s sprinter, Tyler Farrar, is wearing the green points jersey today. Mark Cavendish leads the points competition, but he’s of course in the yellow today.

    Farrar opened the sprint on stage 1, jumping at about 200 meters to go. Cavendish said Farrar’s early sprint allowed him to jump into the draft for a precious few seconds before launching his own.

  • 03:03 PM: Three finishing circuits await riders in Springfield

    As with last year, riders will bomb through a downtown circuit in Springfield three times before hitting the final finish line.

  • 03:06 PM: 27 miles to go, gap has fallen to 1:50

    The five-man breakaway is still rotating through, although their gap is coming down.

  • 03:10 PM: Last year in Springfield: Hincapie, Rollin, Pipp

    Out of the day-long breakaway last year, George Hincapie took the sprint ahead of Dominque Rollin (now Toyota-United) and Health Net-Maxxis’ Frank Pipp. All three are here again this year.

  • 03:11 PM: Field passes the 100-mile mark

    About 25 miles to go for the field, with a 2:05 gap to the break.

  • 03:13 PM: Sparkasse has also been up front in the peloton

    Although not ON the front, the German squad has been sitting up there near Columbia today. Yesterday, their man Eric Baumann took fourth in the sprint.

  • 03:16 PM: Barry laying over his bike

    With his wrists on his handlebars, Columbia’s Barry is in TT posture on the front of the field. He swings off and Devine pulls through.

  • 03:18 PM: Who can beat Cav?

    Well, a few sprinters here, if you ask them, or there teammates. Toyota’s Rollin says he’s confident teammate Ivan Dominguez can beat him. Dominguez got hung up in a crash yesterday. We’ll see how he does today.

  • 03:23 PM: Gap down to 1:35

    We’re getting down to the business end of the race now.

  • 03:24 PM: Schillinger takes second intermediate sprint – 20 miles to go

    Again with BMC’s Sayers in second

  • 03:26 PM: Gap down to 1 minute, with less than 20 miles to go

    To recap, we have the following men off the front:
    Andreas Schillinger (Team Sparkasse)
    Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast)
    Mike Sayers (BMC)
    Andy Guptill (Colavita-Sutter Home)
    Andrew Randell (Symmetrics)

  • 03:28 PM: Liquigas moving up to help Columbia in the chase

    Chicchi must be feeling good for the sprint. The finishing chute is fairly wide open, with a slight bend to the left right before the line. The multiple corners within the finishing circuits should help keep things strung out.

  • 03:29 PM: Front of the field: Green, Blue, Red

    That would of course be the men of Liquigas, Columbia and Sparkasse in formation to make the catch.

  • 03:30 PM: Gap falls to 50 seconds

    And, stage left, the fat lady begins to clear her voice.

  • 03:31 PM: Schillinger attacks

    Randell marks him, followed by Sayers and Guptill. Mumford sits up.

  • 03:32 PM: Sayers counters

    And gets a gap on his breakaway companions. Schillinger tries to claw across solo.

  • 03:32 PM: Guptill and Randell chasing

    As Schillinger joins Sayers at the front of the race.

  • 03:33 PM: Randell closes

    Now we have four back together: Sayers, Schillinger, Randell and Guptill. Mumford is in between the four and the pack.

  • 03:33 PM: Now Guptill takes a dig

    But is quickly marked.

  • 03:34 PM: Behind, Garmin is putting a rider or two into the chase

    But it’s still mostly Columbia with sprinklings of Liquigas doing the work.

  • 03:35 PM: Gap is back up over a minute

    But now the four breakaway riders are eyeing each other cautiously, losing time.

  • 03:37 PM: 13 miles to go

    The four riders are back to riding cohesively in the breakaway.

  • 03:38 PM: Dave Zabriskie on the front

    Garmin’s time trial specialist moves to the front. Having just won the U.S. time trial championship, he’s not a guy to bet against for tomorrow’s 18-mile individual effort.

  • 03:40 PM: Peloton nearing Springfield now

    Breakaway of four still holding on the town’s outskirts.

  • 03:41 PM: Inside 20km to go now

    The bleachers are packed at the finish, and big crowds are lining the circuit.

  • 03:42 PM: Gap down to 45 seconds

    The vehicles are being pulled out of the gap.

  • 03:43 PM: Garmin drives the pack

    Followed by Columbia, Liquigas into the town of Springfield.

  • 03:44 PM: The pack can see the break now

    Four men are clear:
    Andreas Schillinger (Team Sparkasse)
    Mike Sayers (BMC)
    Andy Guptill (Colavita-Sutter Home)
    Andrew Randell (Symmetrics)

  • 03:44 PM: 15km to go

    The leaders have a fleeting 30 seconds.

  • 03:47 PM: 15 seconds is the gap

    Peloton is singlefile, and the riders give up the ghost.

  • 03:48 PM: Correction – Guptill gives it a go from the break

    Now Sayers and Schillinger give it the final go. And now Sayers goes again! Never say die, eh?

  • 03:49 PM: And… the catch is made

    We have gruppo compacto with about 10km to go

  • 03:50 PM: Colavita moving up alongside Liquigas

    And everyone is battling for position up front.

  • 03:51 PM: Crash!

    About five guys are down, a couple Kelly, a Colvita rider

  • 03:52 PM: Garmin and BMC are staying to the front

    Farrar is up there in green.

  • 03:53 PM: 5 miles to go

    Symmetrics rider Will Routley takes a solo dig.

  • 03:53 PM: Routley keeps his gap

    With about 50 meters on the field.

  • 03:54 PM: The field goes under the 1km kit – with two laps two go

    Two laps of the Springfield circuit to go.

  • 03:55 PM: Routley is still holding them off

    He comes through the finish line, now with two laps to go. For the sprinters and their teams, the circuits are a great way to scope out where to make their moves.

  • 03:56 PM: Routley is swept up

    6.4km to go. Columbia on the front. Like you had to ask.

  • 03:57 PM: Liquigas jumps Columbia on the outside

    Cavendish keeps is cool behind his teammates, riding with his hands on the hoods. Tyler Farrar is on his wheel.

  • 04:00 PM: Bissells’ Garrett Pelotonen tried a move

    But Columbia shut it down.

  • 04:01 PM: Toyota-United getting up front

    Cavendish is in the drops now.

  • 04:01 PM: Half a lap to go

    Columbia, Garmin, Liquigas on the front into a left corner.

  • 04:02 PM: 1km to go

    None other than Christian Vande Velde takes the front for Garmin

  • 04:02 PM: Hincapie out of the saddle

    Eisel takes the front

  • 04:03 PM: Cavendish takes the win

    Followed by Sparkasse and Liquigas.

  • 04:04 PM: Mark Cavendish makes it look easy

    Looks like it was Eric Baumann (Sparkasse) taking second, with Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) in third.

  • 04:07 PM: Thanks for tuning in

    To live coverage of stage 2 of the Tour of Missouri. Check VeloNews.com soon for a complete report from our man Neal Rogers, full results and photography from Casey Gibson.