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Zabriskie survives attacks to hold Tour of Missouri lead

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The Garmin-Slipstream cycling team held off a steady stream of attacks on Saturday to protect Dave Zabriskie's overall lead in the 2009 Tour of Missouri bike race.

The Utah cyclist ended the day with a 30-second lead over the nearest rival as the peloton faces Sunday's last stage, a 72-mile criterium around Kansas City.

Except for Friday's individual time trial, in which Zabriskie took the overall lead in the bike race, every stage has ended in a mass sprint. The 105-mile stage from Chillicothe to St. Joseph was no exception.

Italy's Francesco Chicchi surprised Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) and Sebastien Haedo (Colavita) in a last ditch sprint to the finish. Hushovd and Haedo were battling for the win after a sprint lead-out once again broke down about a kilometer from the finish.

Check VeloNews or CyclingNews for a rundown on all of the day's attacks and overall rankings.

The final stage of the Tour of Missouri begins at 2 p.m. (Central Time) and should finish up about 5 or 6 p.m. Coverage on Universal Sports and the Tour of Missouri Tour Tracker starts at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2009/09/13/zabriskie-survives-attacks-to-hold-tour-of-missouri-lead/

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