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George Hincapie in lead at Tour of Missouri

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | 10:33 p.m. CDT; updated 2:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The second stage of the Tour of Missouri on Wednesday began with a bizarre incident.

Ballwin native Dan Schmatz, who now lives in Colorado, was forced to abandon the race after crashing into an armadillo about three miles into the stage.

Tour of Missouri Results

Wednesday's finishes

1. George Hincapie, Greenville, S.C., Discovery Channel, 4 hours, 35 minutes, 26 seconds. 2. Frank Pipp, Boulder, Colo., Health Net, same time. 3. Dominique Rollin, Canada, Kodak-Gallery/Sierra Nevada, same time. 4. Michael Friedman, Pittsburgh, Team Slipstream, same time. 5. Stefan Parinussa, Germany, Team Sparkasse, same time. 6. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Ukraine, Navigators, same time. 7. David Canada, Spain, Prodir-Saunier Duval, same time. 8. Andrew Guptill, Durango, Colo., Coalivata-Sutter Home, same time. 9. Andrew Randell, Canada, Symmetrics, same time. 10. William Frischkorn, Boulder, Colo., Team Slipstream, 4:36:05. 11. Jonathan Garcia, Louisville, Colo., BMC Racing, same time. 12. Matthew Rice, Australia, Jelly Belly, same time. 13. Luciano Pagliarini, Brazil, Prodir-Saunier Duval, 4:49:43. 14. James Meadley, Australia, Jelly Belly, same time. 15. Davide Frattini, Italy, Coalivita-Sutter Home, same time. 16. Gert Vanderaerden, Belgium, DFL-Cycling News, same time. 17. Michael Sayers, Sacramento, Calif., BMC Racing, same time. 18. Pete Lopinto, Boulder, Colo., Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada, same time. 19. Daniel Holloway, Lonlord, Calif., USA National Development Team, same time. 20. Sheldon Deeny, Fort Collins, Colo., USA National Development Team, same time.

Overall Standings

After 2 stages 1. George Hincapie, Greenville, S.C., Discovery Channel, 7 hours, 40 minutes, 50 seconds. 2. Dominique Rollin, Canada, Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada, :04. 3. Frank Pipp, Boulder, Colo., Health Net, :07. 4. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Ukraine, Health Net, :10. 5. Stefan Parinussa, Germany, Team Sparkasse, :11. 6. Andrew Guptill, Durango, Colo., Coalavita-Sutter Home, :13. 7. Michael Friedman, Pittsburgh, Team Slipstream, :13. 8. David Canada, Spain, Prodir-Saunier Duval, :13. 9. Andrew Randell, Canada, Symmetrics, :13. 10. Matthew Rice, Australia, Jelly Belly, :52. 11. William Frischkorn, Boulder, Colo., Team Slipstream, :52. 12. Jonathan Garcia, Louisville, Colo., 2:30. 13. Ivan Dominguez, Cuba, Toyota-United, 14:20. 14. Zach Bell, Canada, Symmetrics, 14:24. 15. Kyle Wamsley, Mertztown, Pa., 14:26. 16. Luciano Pagliarini, Brazil, Prodir-Saunier Duval, 14:27. 17. James Meadley, Australia, Jelly Belly, 14:27. 18. Charles Dionne, Canada, Coalavita-Sutter Home, 14:28. 19. Philipp Mamos, Germany, Team Sparkasse, 14:28. 20. Charles Huff, Springfield, Mo., Team Slipstream, 14:29.

Team standings

1. Team Slipstream, 23:18:05. 2. Coalavita-Sutter Home, 13:38 behind. 3. Prodir-Saunier Duval, same time. 4. Health Net, same time. 5. Team Sparkasse, same time.


Schmatz, who rides for the BMC Racing Team, was in the main field traveling at about 20 mph when he and his teammate, Jonathan Garcia, met with the wayward animal.

Schmatz was transported to Cox Medical Center in Springfield, where he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone and head lacerations, race officials said.

Garcia returned to the race and was part of a 12-rider early breakaway group.

George Hincapie of Greenville, S.C., emerged from that breakawy group with a late surge to claim the second stage and move into the race lead.

Hincapie, who rides for the Discovery Channel team and has 11 Tour de France finishes, the most by any American, won the 125.6-mile road race from Clinton to Springfield in four hours, 35 minutes, 26 seconds.

Frank Pipp of Boulder, Colo., was second and Dominique Rollin of Canada was third

Hincapie, the 2006 U.S. pro road race champ who began the day 10 seconds out of the race lead, is now 4 seconds ahead of Rollin, a former Canadian national pro road titlist.

The lead group broke from the main field after 32 miles. With 30 miles left in the stage, the group had more than a seven-mile lead, more than 17 minutes ahead of the main group.

“Once we got the lead to the gap to one minute, I knew it would hold,” said Hincapie, who was a teammate of Lance Armstrong’s during Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles. “Everyone was pulling so hard, it would have been hard for anyone to catch us.”

The sustained breakaway left the top 11 riders within 52 seconds of each other in the overall standings. Garcia of Louisville, Colo., is 12th, 2:30 behind the leader, while former race leader Ivan Dominguez of Cuba is 14:20 back in 13th place.

“It’s definitely not over,” said Hincapie, who will be among the favorites in Thursday’s 18-mile individual time trial in Branson. “I still have to go as fast as I can. Like I said, all of the guys in the break were strong and taking pulls, so it’s not wrapped up.”

The 562.2-mile, six-day race continues Thursday with the 18-mile third stage, an individual time trial in Branson. The event concludes Sunday with a 74-mile circuit race in St. Louis.


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