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Friday, September 12, 2008

Vande Velde stays in yellow

When cyclists line up Saturday morning in the Missouri wine country community of Hermann, Illinois native Christian Vande Velde once again will be wearing the Tour of Missouri's yellow jersey as the race leader.

Dutch cyclist Boy van Poppel (Rabobank) won today's stage with a strong climb up a 300-meter hill leading to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

There were no changes to the top of the general classification. Anyone who wants to knock Vande Velde off the top rung probably has to make his move Saturday. There are three King of the Mountain climbs on Saturday's stage, then a long stretch of flat riding before St. Charles, the finish line for Stage 6.

Of course, rain could be a factor in the final stages. There's a 60 percent chance of showers Saturday and a 100 percent chance of rain Sunday because of the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

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