Category: Tour of Missouri

Full roster for 2009 Tour of Missouri

Here's the roster for the 2009 Tour of Missouri, running Sept. 7 through 13.

It features defending champion Christian Vande Velde, as well as David Zabriskie, for Garmin Slipstream; George Hincapie, Mick Rogers and Mark Cavendish for Team Columbia; Floyd Landis for Team OUCH; Thor Hushovd for Cervelo; among a host of other luminaries.




3 COZZA Steven USA


5 DUGGAN Timothy USA



8 PATE Danny USA

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Where to watch the 2009 Tour of Missouri; webcast schedule

Only in its third year, the 2009 Tour of Missouri — which rolls out Monday through Sunday — will be one of the easiest bike races for most of us to follow from online and broadcast outlets than any previous bike race in the US.

Universal Sports and the Tour of Missouri websites will offer live videostream daily coverage of the last two hours of each bike race stage (Monday through Sunday);

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Versus cable network will broadcast a 30-minute recap show of the day's highlights every morning at 1 a.m. (EST) (Tuesday through Monday) or midnight (CT) nightly (Monday through Sunday) …..

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Defending champion Vande Velde riding in 2009 Tour of Missouri

Hincapie and Leipheimer also on the card

Christian Vande Velde will return to the 2009 Tour of Missouri bike race from Sept. 7 to 13 to defend his title.

The Illinois born and bred cyclist for Team Garmin-Slipstream had previously been on an early roster for the Vuelta a Espana, which runs through nearly the entire month of September, precluding him from riding in Missouri.

He'll be joined at the third Tour of Missouri bike race by teammates David Zabriskie, a time trial specialist, and Steven Cozza, judged the “best young rider” at the inaugural Tour of Missouri in 2007.

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Vande Velde was looking for another amazing year in 2009 to follow up with his break-out year in 2008, which included wearing the pink leader's jersey at the Giro d'Italia and a 5th place finish at the Tour de France …..

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3 upcoming bike races on either Versus or Universal Sports —
Tour of Ireland, Vuelta a Espana and Tour of Missouri

Cycling fans will be treated to action from three bike races in the upcoming weeks on both the computer screen and the TV screen.

Versus is offering a delayed broadcast of the 3-stage Tour of Ireland running Friday through Sunday and featuring comeback cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Then Universal Sports provides the 64th edition of the Vuelta a Espana from Aug. 29 through Sept. 20 as a live online videofeed and cable broadcast in the morning, followed by another cable broadcast later in the day.

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At the same time, from Sept. 7 through 13, Universal is offering a live cable broadcast and an online streaming videofeed of the Tour of Missouri.

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2009 Tour of Missouri stage maps are available online

With the 2009 Tour of Missouri coming up next month (September 7-13), the organizers have released detailed maps for all seven stages.

Fans can check out the best street corners for watching the Stage 1 and 7 criteriums in St. Louis and Kansas City or the steepest climbs in the Ozarks on Stage 3 between Farmington and Rolla.

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Cyclists looking for a challenge, and who isn't, can use the maps to test their mettle against the pros. I'm thinking that 114-mile ride through the Ozarks would be intriguing. At least one club, Velo Girardeau, is hosting a bike ride along the route from Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau. ….

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Governor OKs funding for 2009 Tour of Missouri bicycle race

As Missouri's Mark Twain once wrote about himself: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

As for the 2009 Tour of Missouri, it's not dead either.

The bicycle race will go ahead as scheduled Sept. 7-13 after Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday released  $1.5 million in state funds to help cover the $3.3 million budget for the third meeting of the bicycle race.

Nixon last week had included the Tour of Missouri funding among millions in cuts that he had to make to balance the state's budget……

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State budget shortfall threatens 2009 Tour of Missouri

(Update: July 11 — The Missouri Tourism Commission reaffirmed its support of the Tour of Missouri on Friday, voting unanimously to retain funding for another year.

The final decision rests with Gov. Jay Nixon, however.)

July 10 — Organizers of the third annual Tour of Missouri are scrambling to find more money for the week-long stage bicycle race after the governor froze state funds for race.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, one of the race's biggest supporters, is urging cycling enthusiasts to contact Gov. Jay Nixon to request that he reinstate the funding for the Sept. 7-13 event.

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Supporters of the Tour of Missouri can leave a phone message at 573-751-5261. Also, here's an email link to Gov. Nixon's office ….

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Tour of Missouri announces early team confirmations

The 2009 Tour of Missouri could feature a mano a mano battle between two former champions as their respective teams have agreed to compete in the Sept. 7-13 bicycle race across Missouri.

Columbia-High Road, the team of 2007 champion George Hincapie, and Garmin-Slipstream, home to 2008 champion Christian Vande Velde, have both accepted invitations to the race.

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Two other top pro squads, Italy's Liquigas and Switzerland's Cervelo, also have confirmed for the seven-stage race …

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Host cities announced for 2009 Tour of Missouri

Pro cyclists competing at the third annual Tour of Missouri this September will be generally heading west for the first time.

The 7-stage bicycle race rolls out Sept. 7-13 from St. Louis to Kansas City, opposite the usual direction of the race.

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The 11 cities that will host a start or finish line (or both) at the race are St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Rolla, St. James, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Chillicothe, St. Joseph and Kansas City …

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Tour of Missouri returns in 2009

The Tour of Missouri returns for the third straight year in 2009, rolling out Sept. 7-13. Although the announcement about host cities and tentative routes will be made in January, it's just good to know that the week-long Missouri race will return this year. The Tour de Georgia has announced that it won't return in …

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