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Back 9.12.2008

Missouri stage 3 ITT: Vande Valde wins stage, takes over race lead; Cozza Best Young Rider

More than making up for his disappointing performance at the US Pro national time trial championships in August, Christian Vande Velde dug deep to win today's severely undulating time trial course around Branson, MO. Vande Velde's victory today put him in the yellow Missouri Tourism race leader's jersey.

Rolling through the foothills of the Ozarks, the constantly changing profile of the 18-mile individual time trial proved challenging for even the best time trialists. The 18-mile course included three climbs with a 2.5-mile uphill finish stretch up to Shepherd of the Hills, the birthplace of Ozarks tourism industry in the early 1900's.

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