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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tour of Missouri: Hushovd wins Stage 3

Finally, someone other than Mark Cavendish won a stage of the Tour of Missouri. Thor Hushovd, who won the green sprinters' jersey at the Tour de France, won a sprint finish to win Stage 3 in Rolla.

Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) finished fifth and lost the yellow jersey to Hushovd. Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) has the same overall time as Cavendish, and Hushovd took over the yellow jersey based on the aggregate of place finishes.

After the finish, Universal Sports announcers Paul Sherwen and Frankie Andreu said they had believed Cavendish held onto yellow because of the fact Cavendish won Stage 1 and Stage 2. That turned out not to be accurate.

J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank) finished second in the stage, and Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) was third.

With 6,000 feet climbing in Stage 3, there was anticipation that a major break would form on the major hills. For most of the day, it was just three riders, Matthew Wilson (Team Type 1), Mike Friedmann (Garmin-Slipstream) and Will Frischkorn in the breakway. Frischkorn eventually dropped out, and the peloton caught Friedmann and Wilson with about 9 kilometers left in the race.

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