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Second Stage of "Tour of Missouri" Finishes in Springfield

The second stage of the "Tour of Missouri" bike tour finished in Springfield Tuesday afternoon. KSMU's Brett Moser was at the finish line and files this report.

After biking a 126 mile course, stage two winner Mark Cavendish was welcomed into Springfield by cowbells, plastic, clappers, and cheering fans at the finish line.

Finishing the second stage in 4 hours, 51 minutes, Cavendish also won the first stage in Kansas City on Monday.

Hundreds of people filled the area surrounding Kimbrough and East Trafficway to see the 120 cyclists finish the race.

Urban Districts Alliance Executive Director Rusty Worley says having Missouri host a tour featuring athletes from the summer Olympics and Tour de France could be an international boost for Springfield.

Many attended the race to cheer on hometown athlete Brad Huff. Avid cyclist Brad Jackson is one of the fans who came to cheer on Huff. Jackson says he hopes the event will make people think differently about cycling.

The second stage started in Clinton, Missouri Tuesday morning. Today, time trials will begin in Branson, MO. This is the second year Springfield has been selected as a host city for the tour.

For KSMU News, I'm Brett Moser.