Tour of Missouri Stage 5: Pate solos from the break

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Bridge at Washington

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Bridge at Hermann

Danny Pate, Stage Winner

Stage 5 Photo Gallery

Danny Pate, the time trialer who's frequently attacks near the finish, notched a victory for Team Slipstream. Discovery Channel kept the break in striking distance but none of the other teams had the desire to reel it in. Parra put an attack into the break ahead but it was Pate's counterattack with 2k to go that stuck. Even with the failed attack, it was a good day for Parra and the Mexican Tecos squad. Parra earned Most Aggressive designation and second place on the podium.

Today was the prettiest of the stages, in my opinion. The course followed the Katy Trail/Historic Lewis and Clark trail along the river. The towns along the way all had that old charm and the bridges were fun to shoot, even if one of them was seismically unfit. I shot the Hermann bridge from a hilltop that a church sat atop of -- I couldn't tell if the wedding party getting ready was happy or nervous that the road to their wedding ceremony was currently blockaded for a cycling race. I shot the Washington bridge while precariously standing on the edge, though I was strangely more worried about my camera equipment than my safety.

Stage 5 Photo Gallery

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