CAPE GIRARDEAU — Sprint specialist Mark Cavendish broke away after the final turn to win Tuesday's second stage of the Tour of Missouri cycling race, a 112.4-mile ride from Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau, along the Mississippi River.
Cavendish, of Great Britain, sprinted to the finish line in Cape Girardeau to take the stage and keep his overall lead after winning Monday's first stage at St. Louis. Thor Hushovd of Cervelo Test finished second and J.J. Haedo of Saxo Bank third, reversing their Monday results.
According to the event's Web site, broadcast coverage of the Tour of Missouri, a 612-mile, seven-day world-class professional cycling race, will air nationally with a 30-minute recap show on Versus at midnight CDT every night of the competition. Fox Sports Midwest has scheduled regional broadcast coverage of the race from 10:30 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 7, 8 and 9; from 11:30 to midnight on Sept. 10 and 11 and from 11 to 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, though other events might change show times. Coverage of the race can also be found on the Internet at universalsports.com and tourofmissouri.com, as well as kmov.com in St. Louis and kmbc.com in Kansas City.
Cavendish was a six-time stage winner in this year's Tour de France and is widely considered one of the sport's fastest riders.
His victory came hours after defending champion Christian Vande Velde retired from the race after injuring his hand in a pileup near the end of Monday's stage.