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Cavendish winning run continues in Missouri

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  • Mark Cavenish claims 51st win of his career by taking second stage in Missouri
  • British sprinter again gets the better of great rival Thor Hushovd
  • Defending champion Christian Vande Velde retires early in Tuesday's stage
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(CNN) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish continued his domination of the Tour of Missouri with a second straight stage victory as he again utilized his famed sprinting speed.

Cavendish strikes a familiar pose as he wraps up another win in his remarkable career.

Cavendish strikes a familiar pose as he wraps up another win in his remarkable career.

The Team Columbia rider burst clear of the bunch coming out of the final turn in Cape Girardeau after 180.9 kilometers from Genevieve.

He crossed the line ahead of arch-rival Thor Hushovd of the Cervelo Test Team with Argentina's Juan Jose Haedo in third place.

Cavendish won six stages in this year's Tour de France, but lost out on the green points jersey to Norway's Hushovd.

He claimed the opening stage of the seven-day race on Monday in similar style, his 50th career win, and made no mistake to double up despite having support from fewer teammates at the finish.

"I had less people at the end from our team. It was a bit surprising, there were attacks from the other teams, like Kelly Benefits attacked with 5k to go. It upset the rhythm," he told the official race Web site

With time bonuses for stage victory, Cavendish leads overall from fellow sprint specialist Hushovd.

But his lead is likely to be shortlived with Wednesday's 183.8 kilometer stage from Farmington to Rolla the most testing of the race.

It takes in over 2,000 meters of climbing in the Ozark Mountains with the contenders for the overall title set to make their moves.

But last year's winner Christian Vande Velde of the Garmin-Slipstream will not be in the hunt as the American retired early on Tuesday's secoknd stage because of discomfort in his right hand from a hairline fracture.

He sustained the injury in a crash in the final 500 meters of Monday's circuit race in St. Louis.

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