2008 Tour of Missouri Live Updates: Stage 1

02:22 PM: Tune in Monday at 1:30 PM MDTfor live coverage of the 2008 Tour of Missouri 02:31 PM: Good day!Good day and welcome to VeloNews.com's Live Coverage of the Tour of Missouri. Today's first stage from St. Joseph to Kansas City is a rolling 90-mile adventure.

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  • 02:22 PM: Tune in Monday at 1:30 PM MDT

    for live coverage of the 2008 Tour of Missouri

  • 02:31 PM: Good day!

    Good day and welcome to VeloNews.com’s Live Coverage of the Tour of Missouri.

    Today’s first stage from St. Joseph to Kansas City is a rolling 90-mile adventure.

    The race start was just a few yards from a monument to the Pony Express, which also started here.

  • 02:32 PM: Catching up

    Ok, we are off.

    We join the race mid-way, with 48 hilly miles ridden.

    We have three riders off the front: Martin Kohler (BMC) and Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) and Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies – Medifast). They have 4:28 on the pack.

  • 02:35 PM: Big Tom

    Tom Zirbel is one of those big guys — 6-foot-four, about 195 pounds at last check — who, against all odds, can climb with almost anyone.

  • 02:39 PM: That finish

    Today’s finish circuits in downtown Kansas City feature a 300 meter climb, leading into a very fast flat sprint. Our threesome is getting close to a five-minute gap with 38 miles to go.

  • 02:40 PM: More on Zirbel

    Mr. Zirbel, of course, was second at the USPRO time trial championships last week, finishing just five seconds behind winner David Zabriskie. Zirbel also recently won the TT at the Tour of Utah.

  • 02:56 PM: The gap

    With 30 miles to go the gap is 6:47.

  • 03:05 PM: Johnny Sundt

    Sundt is likely the best sprinter in this group. He’s also known as a top team lieutenant.

  • 03:08 PM: Gap coming down

    With 26 miles to go the gap is back under five minutes. Team Columbia may be looking to reel these boys in to set up a sprint.

  • 03:14 PM: A split

    The gap has come down signicantly as the race approaches Kansas City. The peloton is starting to break up from the pressure as Garmin-Chipotle and Columbia drive the chase.

  • 03:15 PM: The weather

    It was misty earlier but the sun is peaking out a bit now. It’s still a bit muggy.

  • 03:18 PM: Gap under one minute

    The break is giving up, coming back rapidly

  • 03:18 PM: 20 seconds

    just a matter of a mile or so

  • 03:19 PM: caught

    with 20 miles to go, the break is caught

  • 03:21 PM: The group

    We called it a peloton, but it’s very whittled down
    We are trying to get IDs on the riders remaining, there are only 20 or so in this front group.

  • 03:28 PM: Colex

    bernardo Colex of Mexicos Team Tecos is off the front

  • 03:30 PM: Approaching the KOM

    There are KOM points awarded on the first time up the Michelob Ultra KOM hill. Colex would like to grab the climber’s points here and wear the jersey tomorrow.

  • 03:31 PM: Roliin

    Toyota-United Dominque Rollin grabs the KOM points

  • 03:32 PM: 10 miles to go

    And what’s left of the pack is all together.

  • 03:37 PM: Two laps to go

    The group is together, Columbia is driving, Mark Cavendish is sitting pretty. We would NOT take bets against Cav’ at this point.

  • 03:38 PM: Routley

    Symmetrics’ Will Routley has a small gap.

  • 03:39 PM: Round About

    Routley has passed around a traffic circle and is headed back the other direction. He will get a good look at the chase pack.

  • 03:40 PM: The gap

    Routley has about 10 seconds with one lap to go

  • 03:42 PM: Caught

    Routley is back in the bunch

  • 03:45 PM: Liquigas at the front

    You don’t see that phrase in domestic racing very often
    We are in the last 1.5k of this lap

  • 03:46 PM: 1k to go this lap

    the 1k “kite” is swaying in the wind, almost hitting the riders.

  • 03:57 PM: Columbia driving the pace

    Liquigas still there. Some Rock Racing riders getting blown out the back

  • 03:59 PM: Farrah and Cavendish coming in

    And Cavendish nails it!

  • 03:59 PM: Farrah and Cavendish coming in

    And Cavendish nails it!

  • 04:00 PM: The Big Two

    Garmin’s Tyler Farrar gave Columbia’s Cavendish a run for the win, but couldn’t match him in the final meters.

  • 04:01 PM: There was a crash

    IN the final K a few riders went down in the peloton. They have rolled across the line now. They should get the same times as the winner.

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