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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Vande Velde keeps yellow; Cavendish wins Stage 6

Barring a major catastrophe, Illinois native Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chiptole) should be your 2008 Tour of Missouri champion.

Vande Velde maintained his 18-second lead over Michael Rogers (Columbia) in the general classification after Saturday's Stage 6. Canadian Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) is 48 seconds back, followed by defending champion George Hincapie (Columbia), who is 1:03 back.

If the weather forecast holds true for Sunday, there is plenty of room for catastrophe. The remnants of Tropical Storm Ike -- it was downgraded from a hurricane earlier today -- are still expected to pelt St. Louis with heavy wind and rain.

Crowd favorite Mark Cavendish (Columbia) , a four-stage winner in this year's Tour de France, pulled away from the field in the final 50 yards of a long, straight finish to claim the 96-mile stage from Hermann to St. Charles in 3:32:25.


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