The route from Farmington to Rolla was the hilliest and longest on the Tour of Missouri as Stage 3 went for 114 miles. The big climbs led to a big sprint at the end as Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) of Norway edged out Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) for the Stage 3 victory.

The win put Hushovd in a virtual tie for the overall lead with Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who had worn the Missouri Tourism Leader’s Jersey for the first two days of the race. Both riders have a time of 11.27’19" after three days of racing. Hushovd will take over the yellow leader’s jersey based on the aggregate of place finishes. Cavendish finished fifth in Stage 3.

Stage 4 goes from St. James to Jefferson City.