Lance Armstrong won’t ride in Tour of Missouri

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Organizers of the Tour of Missouri say this year’s race won’t include cycling star Lance Armstrong.

Chris Aronhalt, managing partner for Medalist Sports, which organizes the Missouri race, says Armstrong’s current team, Astana, will be part of the Tour of Missouri.

Aronhalt said Tuesday that Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, has already scheduled a fundraiser for his cancer-fighting Livestrong Foundation in Canada during the Tour of Missouri race.

The third Tour of Missouri begins Sept. 7 in St. Louis and concludes Sept. 13 in Kansas City.

Some of the sport’s top names, such as Mark Cavendish, Christian Vande Velde and Levi Leipheimer are expected to compete in the race.

Very good lineup especially for an American race after the Grand Tours, but still would have been nice to see Lance in this event.