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Tour of Missouri – Stage 6 Report, Full Results, Photos — Interview With Dom Rollin

September 13, 2008 (St. Charles, Missouri) – The seemingly unstoppable Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Columbia won his third stage of the 2008 Tour of Missouri today taking Stage 6 from Hermann to the finishing city of St. Charles covering 153.6km/96 miles. Cavendish, once again aided by his ultra-strong Columbia teammates, launched himself rocket-like from the field in time to blow by Toyota United’s Cuban sprinter Ivan Dominguez.

“We studied the finish yesterday”¦and knew there was a (final) right corner with 700 meters to go, but in the book the corner didn’t look so sharp when we came around it.” Cavendish told the media after once again being awarded the points leaders jersey. “When I got around that last corner I was just trying to stay upright really. Then George (Hincapie) went”¦and bam! There was a head wind and maybe I told him to go too early because Health Net tried to go on the right, so I jumped on them and started my sprint with 200 meters to go and do what I usually do.”

The ultra-confident Manx (Isle of Man) rider sat in the field for most of the day’s 153.6km/96-mile ride while he and his teammates allowed a well-represented break of ten riders including their man Bernhard Eisel, Rory Sutherland (Health Net) plus a truly strong Jeffry Louder (BMC Racing Team) and Michael Creed go away after approximately 45 minutes of racing.

Columbia’s plan for the day had been to once again go hard from the start of the stage, instead of allowing the Tour’s three remaining rated climbs to break up the field, and possibly put race leader Christian Vande Velde in a precarious situation. But in the end that turned out to be not the case.

“We really expected them to come out swinging on today’s stage,” Symmetrics Team Manager Kevin Field said of the day’s tactics “We were really surprised.”

Symmetrics along with the Garmin squad shared the duties of bringing the break back during the final one and a half hours of racing so as not to allow Louder’s presence in the move to threaten Tuft’s third place position on GC.

Stage six also saw its fair share of casualties. Canadian rider Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast), who placed third on the previous stage into the capitol of Jefferson City was forced to abandon after a crash, as was Toyota’s Henk Vogels and Rock Racing’s Cesar Grajales. Lacombe’s team mate and fellow Canuck, David Veilleux, along with Jelly Belly’s Bryce Mead were also forced to call it quits before the day was done.

Despite three sets of KOM points available on the road, none of the riders in the break posed a threat to Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team in possession of that jersey. Rollin, who was third during the inaugural event in Missouri last year will now undoubtedly go away with a more prominent prize in 2008.

Tomorrow’s final stage in St. Louis will be a 112km/70-mile circuit race in and around downtown St. Louis. The finish, where Brad Huff experienced his horrific-looking crash last year, has been shifted somewhat for this year’s edition. And while Vande Velde’s yellow jersey may be a near certainty, the weather is not. Residual rain and wind associated with Hurricane Ike’s arrival in Texas in the past 24 hours may bring extremely unpleasant conditions to the race’s finale.

Q&A with Canada’s Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United)

What were you impressions of the stage today?
Dominique Rollin: Today’s stage was good, and since it was almost the same as last year, we knew the climbs and we knew what to expect. I think Jeff Louder getting up the road made it a fast stage. It made it easier on everyone because you could just sit up and wait.

Did it work out as you expected or did you think Team Columbia was going to make one last attempt to take the GC?
DR: The wind made things dangerous up the road, and towards the end we thought we had a shot with Columbia putting everyone in the gutter, but it didn’t work. We almost got a stage win, but the bumpy road just stopped Dominguez from getting past Cavendish.

How has this race effected your preparations for the 2008 Road World Championships?
DR: I think the terrain this year here and the speeds being higher not like last year”¦ and just being more aggressive with me digging into my reserve every day makes it a better preparation, instead of waiting around and doing a couple of criteriums every month. It’s better than being home and training. Michael Barry’s looking great – we’ll have a good team. Plus Svein doing the time trial and I think the circuit over there (in Italy at Road Worlds), will be more to his skills than what he had to face here on Wednesday.

Results

1. Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Columbia 3:32:25
2. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
3. Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
4. Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental
5. Luis Fernando Macias Hernandez (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
6. Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
7. John Murphy (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
8. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental
9. Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
10. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
11. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
12. Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
13. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse
14. Rob Ruygh (Ned) Team Sparkasse
15. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
16. Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
17. Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
18. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia
19. Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia
20. Dirk Müller (Ger) Team Sparkasse
21. Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
22. Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia
23. Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
24. Juan Pablo Magallanes Aranda (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
25. Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
26. Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse
27. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
28. Ben Day (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
29. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
30. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team
31. Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast
32. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
33. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
34. Gianni Da Ros (Ita) Liquigas
35. Jeremiah Wiscovitch (USA) Rock Racing
36. Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
37. Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
38. Kari Menzies (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis
39. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia
40. Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 0:08
41. Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
42. Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
43. Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas
44. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
45. Luis Amaran (Cub) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
46. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
47. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
48. Marcel Beima (Ned) Rabobank Continental
49. Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental
50. Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank Continental
51. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:13
52. Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 0:16
53. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
54. Matt Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
55. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Team Sparkasse 0:24
56. Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse
57. Kirk O’Bee (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis 0:29
58. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing
59. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
60. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis
61. Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Sparkasse
62. Danny Pate (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 1:52
63. Steven Cozza (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
64. Andy Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 2:08
65. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
66. Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
67. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
68. Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
69. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
70. Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team
71. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
72. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
73. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
74. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas
75. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas
76. Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
77. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team
78. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
79. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
80. Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast
81. Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast
82. Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
83. Ryan Andreson (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
84. Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 2:17
85. Sebastian Frey (Ger) Team Sparkasse
86. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
87. Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast
88. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 2:22
89. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia 2:30
90. David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 3:53
91. Lui Alfredo Gutierrez Colunga (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara 6:38
92. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 10:23
93. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
94. Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
95. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 12:15

DNF Daniel Holloway (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
DNF Omar Cervantes Diaz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
DNF Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Rock Racing
DNF Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing
DNF Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
DNF Luca Damiani (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
DNF Kevin Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast
DNF David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast

DNF Bryce Mead (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
DSQ Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis

GC after Stage 6

1. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 19:26:20
2. Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia 0:18
3. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 0:48
4. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia 1:03
5. Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 1:32
6. Ben Day (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 1:33
7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 1:54
8. Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 2:39
9. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 2:42
10. Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia 2:47

11. Dirk Müller (Ger) Team Sparkasse 3:18
12. Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team 3:23
13. Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3:42
14. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia 4:08
15. Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Sparkasse 4:56
16. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 5:19
17. Andy Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 6:48
18. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse 7:28
19. Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse 7:30
20. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis 7:46
21. Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental 10:54
22. Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara 12:38
23. Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 16:31
24. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 19:53
25. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis 20:04
26. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 20:12
27. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 20:34
28. Luis Amaran (Cub) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 20:48
29. Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 20:54
30. Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 21:14
31. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 21:16
32. Danny Pate (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 21:20
33. Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Columbia 21:24
34. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 21:40
35. Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas 21:53
36. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 22:13
37. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing 22:24
38. Steven Cozza (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 22:33
39. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team 22:42
40. Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental 22:44
41. John Murphy (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis 22:45
42. Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 22:52
43. Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 23:19
44. Kari Menzies (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis 23:24
45. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 23:25
46. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 23:26
47. Marcel Beima (Ned) Rabobank Continental 23:31
48. Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara 23:42
49. Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling 23:49
50. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental 23:50
51. Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank Continental 23:54
52. David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 24:01
53. Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 24:04
54. Juan Pablo Magallanes Aranda (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara 24:09
55. Matt Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 24:36
56. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 24:41
57. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 24:43
58. Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 24:47
59. Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental 24:54
60. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Continental 25:08
61. Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 25:17
62. Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 25:19
63. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 25:23
64. Luis Fernando Macias Hernandez (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara 25:25
65. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas 25:29
66. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 25:34
67. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas 25:39
68. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 25:54
69. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 26:24
70. Ryan Andreson (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 26:40
71. Jeremiah Wiscovitch (USA) Rock Racing 26:49
72. Gianni Da Ros (Ita) Liquigas 26:57
73. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 27:07
74. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 27:29
75. Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight 27:41
76. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Team Sparkasse 27:47
77. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 28
78. Kirk O’Bee (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis 28:44
79. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 28:52
80. Rob Ruygh (Ned) Team Sparkasse 28:55
81. Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental 29:08
82. Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis 29:14
83. Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team 30
84. Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse 30:30
85. Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis 30:43
86. Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 30:52
87. Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast 31:06
88. Lui Alfredo Gutierrez Colunga (Mex) Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara 32:45
89. Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 33:03
90. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia 34
91. Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team 35:18
92. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 35:51
93. Sebastian Frey (Ger) Team Sparkasse 36:57
94. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 37:56
95. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 38:32





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