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Friday, September 11, 2009

Tour of Missouri: Zabriskie wins time trial, takes yellow jersey

David Zabriskie is the U.S. professional time trial champion, and now he's the time trial champion of this year's Tour of Missouri.

Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) won today's 19-mile Stage 5 in 36 minutes, 30 seconds. That's an average speed of 31.25 mph!

Gustav Larsson (Saxo Bank) was 30 seconds back, while Tom Zirbel (Bissell) was 44 seconds back. Levi Leipheimer (Astana) finished fifth, 1:10.

Zabriskie's performance puts in on top of the general classification, followed by Larsson and Zirbel. Leipheimer is in sixth overall, behind Marco Pinotti (Columbia-HTC) and Dario Cataldo (Quick Step).

"I know I have the capability" of winning a stage race, Zabriskie told VeloNews. "It's just never panned out. This is looking pretty good."

J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank) , who held the yellow jersey going into the time trial, fell to 77th place, 4:56 behind Zabriskie. Thor Hushovd, who was second, fell to 60th place, 3:45 back.

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