September 14, 2007 (Kansas City, Missouri) — Dominique Rollin (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada) had a disappointing time trial Thursday while racing in Stage 3 at the Tour of Missouri. Rollin finished the 29km ITT in 22nd place, 4.26 behind winner Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) with a time of 39.37 while fellow Canadian, Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) finished 17th, back 4.06.
“It was not a course to my liking,” explained Rollin. “It was very hilly with three big climbs. It was hard to adapt to the course because I had to keep changing my rhythm. Besides, everyone who was in the break from yesterday’s stage was tired today.”
Rollin was second overall on Wednesday, but slipped to fourth place Thursday, 2.23 behind George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel who is now leading with an overall time of 8.22.34. Rollin is now one second behind David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval/Prodir.
“My objective, for the end of the Tour, is to win a stage,” added Rollin. “I also want to finish on the podium in overall points and thus need to pick up points on intermediate sprints on the last stages.”
Today’s fourth stage sees a 214km road race from Lebanon to Columbia. The Tour of Missouri finishes Sunday with a 119km circuit race in St. Louis.