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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tour of Missouri: Haedo wins Stage 4, yellow jersey

Thor Hushovd's stay in the Tour of Missouri lasted just one day as J.J. Haedo won Stage 4 today in Jefferson City. In the process, Haedo (Saxo Bank) took over the yellow jersey as the top man in the general classification.

Haedo outpowered Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) in the final sprint up the 300-meter hill leading to Missouri's State Capitol, Dario Cataldo (QuickStep) was third. Although Hushovd lost the yellow jersey, he will wear the green sprinter's jersey in tomorrow's time trial in Sedalia.

Here's your top 10 in the general classification after Stage 4:
  1. J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank), 15.35:08
  2. Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam), same time
  3. Dario Cataldo (Quick Step), 18 seconds back
  4. Moises Aldape Chavez (Team Type 1), same time
  5. Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream) 20 seconds back
  6. Tomas Vaitkus (Astana), same time
  7. Michael Creed (Team Type 1), 21 seconds back
  8. Jeffry Louder (BMC Racing Team), same time
  9. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank), 22 seconds back
  10. Michael Rogers (Columbia-HTC), 23 seconds back
In case you're wondering about some of the big names, George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC) is 21st , Levi Leipheimer (Astana) is 46th and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) is 56th, all three at 26 seconds back. Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) is 99th at 2 minutes, 45 seconds back.

Haedo doesn't expect his time in yellow to last long because Friday's Stage 5 is an individual time trial. "I'm not going to be the one with it tomorrow," Haedo said in the Columbia Missourian. "But even if I don't get the win tomorrow, I'll start with the yellow jersey for the first time."


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