Dominguez wins first stage of Tour of Missouri

The first cyclist to wear the Tour of Missouri yellow jersey is Ivan Dominguez, a Cuban riding for the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team who wn the stage in a mass sprint.

The previous big win this year for the 31-year-old sprinter, who defected from Cuba to ride in the US, was the final stage of the Tour of California.

The 120 cyclists in the inaugural Tour rolled out in Kansas City about 1 p.m., marking the beginning of the inaugural bicycle race, the third UCI-sanctioned race in the US. The 85-mile out-and-back race ended with three laps around downtown KC.

The day's race was highlighted by a five-man breakaway that gained three minutes on the peloton but couldn't sustain the lead in the final 5 or 6 miles. Members of that breakaway were Philipp Mamos (Team Sparkasse), Tyler Wren (Colavita – Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light), James Meadley (Jelly Belly), Tim Johnson (Health Net p/b Maxxis), and Valery Kobzarenko (Navigators).

Not much was heard from the Discovery and Saunier-Duval pro cycling teams during Tuesday's stage.

Wednesday's stage is a 126-mile race from Clinton to Springfield. More details at CyclingNews and the Tour of Missouri website.


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