2008 Tour of Missouri Live Updates: Stage 3

12:25 PM: Please stay tunedfor VeloNews live coverage of stage 3 12:43 PM: Hello and welcomeTo VeloNews.com's live coverage of the Tour of Missouri time trial 12:44 PM: Sven Tuft is the current leaderHe posted 40:24 on the 18-mile course.

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  • 12:25 PM: Please stay tuned

    for VeloNews live coverage of stage 3

  • 12:43 PM: Hello and welcome

    To VeloNews.com’s live coverage of the Tour of Missouri time trial

  • 12:44 PM: Sven Tuft is the current leader

    He posted 40:24 on the 18-mile course.

  • 12:45 PM: Tuft beat Zabriskie’s time

    Garmin-Chipotle’s U.S. national time trial David Zabriskie now sits in second.

  • 12:46 PM: Blake Caldwell crashed – ambulance called

    Garmin’s Caldwell has taken a nasty spill on course.

  • 12:48 PM: Top times so far

    40:24 Sven Tuft (Symmetrics)
    41:01 Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Chipotle)
    41:24 Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis)
    41:41 Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United)

  • 12:49 PM: Danilo Wyss, in 8th GC, rolls out

    Under cloudy skies.

  • 12:50 PM: Tough course today

    Following a short flat section, riders tackle some stiff climbing. None of the climbs are especially long, but they do sting.

  • 12:53 PM: Current GC situation

    It’s sprinter-heavy at the top of the GC following two flat stages. Mark Cavendish leads Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) by 12 seconds. Eric Baumann (Sparkasse) is another two seconds back, followed by Garmin’s Tyler Farrar.

    These 18 hilly miles in the wind, however, will certain shake things up.

  • 12:54 PM: About 40 guys sit 20 seconds back on GC

    That group includes a lot of the favorites, including George Hincapie.

  • 12:55 PM: Then another 40 guys sit 31 seconds back on GC

    That group includes Sven Tuft, who currently holds the best time of the TT.

  • 12:56 PM: Martin Kohler (BMC) rolls out

    Kohler is fifth on GC, 14 seconds back on Cavendish.

  • 12:59 PM: Tyler Farrar rolls down the ramp

    Garmin’s sprinter won’t be fourth GC at the end of the day, though…

  • 01:00 PM: Michael Rogers, three-time world TT champ, is on course

    Columbia has some serious firepower today, with Rogers, Hincapie and Italian national time trial champion Marco Pinotti.

  • 01:02 PM: Race leader Mark Cavendish chilling out at the start

    He climbs onto the bike now.

  • 01:03 PM: An 18-mile sprint is a bit much..

    For Mr. Cavenish, who fully expects to lose the jersey today. But he hopes to pass it to a teammate.

  • 01:05 PM: Hincapie passes Romero and Frattini

    The two Colavita riders started one and two minutes in front of Hincapie, who has just passed them both.

  • 01:06 PM: Garmin’s Tom Danielson comes in

    He finishes 51 seconds behind Tuft.

  • 01:09 PM: Current top TT times

    1. Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) at 40.24
    2. Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Chipotle)at 37 seconds
    3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at 42 seconds
    4. Tom Danielson (Garmin-Chipotle) at 51 seconds
    5. Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis) at 1:00
    6. Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United) at 1:17
    7. Tom Zirbel (Bissell) at 1:21
    8. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) at 1:21
    9. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) at 1:32
    10. Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) at 1:52

  • 01:10 PM: No jersey for Pinotti today

    He finishes well down on Tuft.

  • 01:11 PM: Vande Velde has best split time of 21:55

    Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) was in the mix yesterday, giving a leadout for his man Tyler Farrar in the finishing circuits in Springfield. Or maybe he was just doing openers for his effort today. He has the best split time on the road.

  • 01:13 PM: Vande Velde takes the lead at 39:51

    Tuft at 40:01

  • 01:14 PM: Now that will be a tough time to beat

    23 riders still on course, including Rogers, Hincapie and Dominique Rollin.

  • 01:15 PM: Rogers comes in at 40:12

    Slotting into second, ahead of Tuft, Zabriskie and Liquigas’ Vincenzo Nibali.

  • 01:16 PM: The final kilometer is a …

    Tough one. If riders go too far into the red before the finishing climb, they could lose huge amounts of time.

  • 01:18 PM: Vande Velde weighs in on the course

    “It’s brutal,” Vande Velde said. “Everyone told me that it was really hard. You just have to see it to believe it”

  • 01:19 PM: Vande Velde’s gearing

    He rode 42/53 chainrings, pretty standard, and coasted on some of the downhills to recover. “Jonathan wanted me to go with a 55,” said Vande Velde, who opted for a 53 because of the hills.

  • 01:19 PM: Hincapie finishes in 40:54

    Slotting in top five, but well down on Vande Velde.

  • 01:20 PM: Danny Pate (Garmin)

    Is still on course. He could definitely post a good time today.

  • 01:21 PM: Farrar on a grinding climb now

    He’s staying aero… for a sprinter.

  • 01:22 PM: Pate is fighting the bike now

    He’s out of the saddle over the top of a climb, then quickly getting back onto the extensions.

  • 01:24 PM: Caldwell update

    We don’t know what the injuries were, but he did go in the ambulance instead of the helicopter, which is a relatively good sign.

  • 01:26 PM: Last year’s winning time on the same course…

    Was 39:37, by a certain Levi Leipheimer.
    Vande Velde posted a 39:51 today in similar conditions.

  • 01:27 PM: Last year the GC was already shaken up, though

    With a break getting some 14 minutes on stage 2 in 2007, the time trial was critical for the breakaway riders. George Hincapie won the day of the GC conditions, and Discovery Channel defended his jersey to race’s end.

  • 01:28 PM: Danny Pate: 41:16

    One second behind teammate Tom Danielson

  • 01:30 PM: John Murphy goes under the 1km kite

    The Heath Net-Maxxis rider started 10th from last today.

  • 01:34 PM: Top 5 TT times

    1. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) at 39:52
    2. Michael Rogers (Columbia) at 20 seconds
    3. Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) at 33 seconds
    4. George Hincapie (Columbia) at 1:02
    5. Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Chipotle) at 1:10

  • 01:42 PM: The big question looking forward

    Can anyone unseat Vande Velde in the next four days? There are still three rolling stages ahead, but if his fifth place finish at the Tour de France is any indication, Vande Velde probably won’t have too much trouble.

  • 01:43 PM: Farrar comes in

    Well back on the day.

  • 01:44 PM: Race leader Mark Cavendish passes 2km to go

    He is the last man on the road.

  • 01:45 PM: Francesco Chicchi passed under the 1km kite

    And what a long 1km it is.

  • 01:46 PM: Now Cavendish sees the kite

    Just a few more minutes now.

  • 01:46 PM: Chicchi riding a standard road bike with clip-ons

    Like many of the Europeans, Chicchi opted not to bring a TT bike for the race, and just bolted aero bars onto his road bike for the day.

  • 01:47 PM: Cavendish sees 300m to go

    Up the hill he goes.

  • 01:47 PM: Cavendish finishes at 44 minutes flat

    And Vande Velde wins the stage and the jersey.

  • 01:52 PM: GC heading into stage 4

    1. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin) 8:48:24
    2. Michael Rogers (Columbia) at 21 seconds
    3. Sven Tuft (Symmetrics) at 44 seconds
    4. George Hincapie (Columbia) at 1:02
    5. Dave Zabriskie (Garmin) at 1:10

  • 01:55 PM: That’s all for today

    Thanks for tuning in to VeloNews.com’s live coverage of stage 3 of the Tour of Missouri. Tune in tomorrow for live coverage of stage 4. And check back soon for a complete report from Neal Rogers, plus photography from Casey Gibson.

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