Norwegian “God of Thunder” Storms to Stage 3 Win and Yellow Jersey at 2009 Tour of Missouri

In a chaotic sprint after a day of serpentine climbing, sprinter Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) edged out Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) for the Stage 3, presented by Emerson, win today at the Tour of Missouri. Argentina’s Haedo crossed the line with Italy’s Dario Cataldo (Quick Step), both two/tenths of a second behind Hushovd.

Hushovd finished in 4 hours, 26 minutes, 50.4 seconds. The win put him in a virtual tie with Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who has worn the Missouri Tourism Leader’s Jersey for the first two days of the race. Hushovd will take over the Missouri Tourism Leader’s Jersey based on t he aggregate of place finishes in the first three stages. Cavendish finished fifth on today’s stage. .

“It’s always good to be in yellow and first of all I’m more happy to win a stage because of course it’s confusing to get beaten by Cavendish every time, so I’m really happy to win. For me it was a perfect final, and all my teammates on Cervelo Test Team, they did a really great job,” said Hushovd, who won the prestigious green sprinter’s jersey as the Points Classification leader in the 2009 Tour de France. “When we have yellow jersey we have more responsibility. Tomorrow we see what we can do; we do our best to keep this jersey for as long as possible.”

With no more than 10 kilometers covered outside of the start host city of Farmington, Garmin-Slipstream launched an attack of two American riders, Will Frischkorn and Michael Friedman. They were joined just before the first Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain climb, a five kilometer ascent with numerous switchbacks on Missouri Highway 32, by Team Type I Australian climber Matt Wilson. The threesome stayed away with 30 kilometers to go. Then Friedman and Wilson fought together into the outskir ts of Rolla, the finish city situated in the picturesque Meramec Valley Region. They were caught by a storming peloton with five miles to go.

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