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Vande Velde grabs overall lead after Tour of Missouri's third stage

BRANSON, Mo. — Christian Vande Velde won the time trial Wednesday to take the overall lead after the third stage of the Tour of Missouri.

Vande Velde, riding for Garmin-Chipotle, completed the hilly 18-mile course in windy conditions in 39 minutes, 51 seconds.

Australia's Michael Rogers (Team Columbia), a three-time world time trial champion, was second in 40:12, and Canada's Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) followed in 40:24.

Vande Velde, the Boulder, Colo., rider who began the stage 24th, 20 seconds behind Mark Cavendish, took a 21-second margin over Rogers. Tuft was third, 44 seconds back.

George Hincapie (Team Columbia), the defending race winner, moved into the fourth position, 1:03 back with a fourth-place finish.

"I was surprised," said Vande Velde," who averaged 27.13 mph. "I wasn't feeling 100 percent confident, particularly the past two weeks after the national championships. "I just don't think I've been riding that well."

On Thursday, the riders will face a 105-mile trip from Lebanon to Rolla. The event will finish Sunday with a 75-mile circuit race in St. Louis.

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