Haedo Wins Stage 4 of 2009 Tour of Missouri
J.J. Haedo wins stage 4 and takes overall lead before tomorrow's important time trial.
and Louder, who moved from 55th to 8th overall. Three significant riders who will be watched closely in the time trial are all 26 seconds off the lead, 2007 Tour of Missouri champion George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC - soon Team BMC) in 21st place, 2009 Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer (Team Astana - soon Team RadioShack) in 41st place, and four-time U.S. Professional Time Trial champion David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream), who moved from 65th to 56th place today.
"It was really a fast lap, lots of hard corners and the last 300 metres was a really hard hill," Thor Hushovd commented. "The team was pulling all day they did a great job. Haussler lead me out and I think I waited too long or lost a little speed. In the end J.J. Haedo came from behind and he had more speed. But I'm happy with second place. My form is good and the TestTeam is enjoying the Tour of Missouri. Now I'm second overall, I'd like to have the lead but I'd like to ride a good time trial I'll do my best and we'll see how I end up."
"I wasn't sure we could top anything in Jefferson City (from 2008), but unlike last year we did it today. As good as 2008 was, it boasted a wonderful field of competitors. This is an event that has bi-partisan support, and the top competitors are here at the Tour of Missouri," said Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.
On Friday the highly anticipated individual time trial will take place. The race against the clock is a flat and fast 19-mile (30.6 km) course to be held in Sedalia at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. It's a key stage for overall contenders, and easily accessible for spectators, with three great viewing points along the Katy Trail.