BRANSON — Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa, Calif., rode to a dominating individual time trial stage 3 win Thursday during the Tour of Missouri, while teammate George Hincapie extended his overall race lead.
Leipheimer, who rides for the Discovery Channel team and was the third-place finisher in this year’s Tour de France, completed the 18-mile hilly time trial in 39 minutes and 37 seconds.
Results of Thursday's stage1. Levi Leipheimer, Santa Rosa, Calif., Discovery Channel, 39 minutes, 37.480 seconds, 27.291 mph. 2. Nathan O'Neill, Australia, Health Net, 39:53.650. 3. Matti Helminen, Finland, DFL-Cycling News, 41:04.880. 4. Ben Day, Australia, Navigators Insurance, 41:09.870. 5. Danny Pate, Colorado Springs, Colo., Team Slipstream, 41:41.890. 6. George Hincapie, Greenville, S.C., Discovery Channel, 41:44.070. 7. Timmy Duggan, Boulder, Colo., Team Slipstream, 42:08.240. 8. Darren Lill, South Africa, Navigators Insurance, 42:16.390. 9. Rory Sutherland, Australia, Health Net, 42:32.130. 10. Alberto Contador, Spain, Disciovery Channel, 42:34.530. 11. Rubens Bertogliati, Switzerland, Prodir-Saunier Duval, 42:44.000. 12. William Frischkorn, Boulder, Colo., Team Slipstream, 43:13.670. 13. Glen Chadwick, New Zealand, Navigators Insurance, 43:10.120. 14. Scott Moninger, Boulder, Colo., BMC, 43:13.670. 15. Steven Cozza, Petaluma, Calif., Team Slipstream, 43:25.900. 16. Sergey Lagutin, Uzbekistan, Navigators Insurance, 43:29.420. 17. Svein Tuft, Canada, Symmetrics, 43:43.970. 18. Chris Wheery, Durango, Colo., 43:49.760. 19. David Canada, Spain, Prodir-Saunier Duval, 43:53.850. 20. Huub Duyn, Netherlands, Team Slipstream, 43:54.800.
Overall Standings After 3 stages1. George Hincapie, Greenville, S.C., Discovery Channel, 8 hours, 22 minutes, 34 seconds. 2. William Frischkorn, Boulder, Colo., Team Slipstream, 1 minute, 40 seconds behind. 3. David Canada, Spain, Prodir-Saunier Duval, 2:22 behind. 4. Dominique Rollin, Canada, Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada, 2:23 behind. 5. Michael Friedman, Pittsburgh, Pa., Team Slipstream, 2:48 behind. 6. Frank Pipp, Boulder, Colo., Health Net, 2:57 behind. 7. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Ukraine, Health Net, 3:04 behind. 8. Andrew Randell, Canada, Symmetrics, 3:48 behind. 9. Stefan Parinussa, Germany, Team Sparkasse, 4:20 behind. 10. Matthew Rice, Australia, Jelly Belly, 6:21 behind. 11. Andrew Guptill, Durango, Colo., Coalavita-Sutter Home, 6:25 behind. 12. Jonathan Garcia, Louisville, Colo., BMC Racing, 6:34 behind. 13. Levi Leipheimer, Santa Rosa, California, Discovery Channel, 12:23 behind. 14. Nathan O'Neill, Australia, Health Net, 12:39 behind. 15. Ben Day, Australia, Navigators Insurance, 13:55 behind. 16. Danny Pate, Colorado Springs, Colo., Team Slipstream, 14:27 behind. 17. Timmy Duggan, Boulder, Colo., Team Slipstream, 14:54 behind. 18. Darren Lill, South Africa, Navigators Insurance, 15:02 behind. 19. Rory Sutherland, Australia, Health Net, 15:18 behind. 20. Alberto Contador, Spain, Discovery Channel, 15:20 behind.
Team standings1. Team Slipstream, 25 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds. 2. Discovery Channel, 11 minutes, 12 seconds behind. 3. Navigators Insurance, 13:52 behind. 4. Health Net, 14:15 behind. 5. Symmetrics, 20:20 behind. 6. Prodir-Saunier Duval, 20:34 behind. 7. Jelly Belly, 20:49 behind. 8. BMC Racing, 21:10 behind. 9. Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada, 21:11 behind. 10. Coalavita-Sutter Home, 23:06 behind. 11. Team Sparkasse, 24:37 behind. 12. DFL-Cycling News, 32:15 behind. 13. Toyota-United, 35:58 behind. 14. Tecos de la Universidad, 36:39 behind. 15. USA Cycling National Development Team, 39:36 behind.
“I would call them middle climbs with a lot of rollers,” said Leipheimer, who won 19th stage of the Tour de France this year, the race’s final time trial. “It took a different kind of rhythm.”
Nathan O’Neill, (Health Net), a several-time Australian national time trial titlist, finished second in 39:53. Matti Helminen (DFL-Cycling News) of Finland was third in 41:04.
Hincapie of Greenville, S.C., who began the day with a four-second race lead over Dominique Rollin (Kodak-Gallery/Sierra Nevada) of Canada, placed sixth in the third stage, 2:07 behind.
With three stages of the inaugural Tour of Missouri remaining, Hincapie leads William Frischkorn (Team Slipstream) of Boulder, Colo., by 1:40. David Canada (Prodir-Saunier Duval) of Spain is third, trailing by 2:22.
Helminen, the seventh of 112 starters during Thursday’s time trial, set the early best time, and it remained the quickest effort for nearly two hours.
O’Neill then moved into the lead, followed by Leipheimer, who began 17 riders later.
“I had to punch it on all the middle climbs and then recover on the downhills,” said Leipheimer, who won the Tour of California in February. “I didn’t feel that strong. It was OK.”
Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel) of Spain, the reigning Tour de France titlist, placed 10th in the stage, trailing Leipheimer by 2:57.
The 562.2-mile, six-day race continues Friday with the race’s longest stage, the 133-mile road race from Lebanon to Columbia. The event concludes Sunday with a 74-mile circuit race Sunday in St. Louis.