Tour of Missouri Stage 2: Hincapie takes stage, possibly ToM

George Hincapie won the final sprint from a breakaway group of 12. With a gap of over 14 minutes on the rest of the peloton, it seems fairly certain that Hincapie will take the overall -- there's no Brasstown Bald's in this state. That's not to say that the Tour of Missouri is flat. Having spent much of today driving from Kansas City to Springfield, I can attest to the fact that there is nothing flat about this state. Rather, it is... rolling, with lots of roadkill armadillos. Personally, I would be driven mad riding up and down for 120 miles past roadkill.

I hate to see a game-over stage happen so early, much like occurred in this year's Tour de Georgia, but with most of the other teams represented in the break, it seemed a given that the stage was theirs to contest. That said, I'm surprised the other riders let Hincapie up there with them. Once I heard he was in the break, I figured it was his stage for the taking.

Update: I just read on VeloNews that a dead armadillo caused a crash and broken collarbone for BMC rider Dan Schmatz. I wasn't kidding about the large quantities of dead armadillos folks.

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