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2009 Schedule

  • Stage 1
    September 07, 2009
    Stage 1 - St Louis Circuit Race - Times to be announced later
  • Stage 2
    September 08, 2009
    Stage 2 - Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau - Times to be announced later
  • Stage 3
    September 09, 2009
    Stage 3 - Farmington to Rolla - Times to be announced later
  • Stage 4
    September 10, 2009
    Stage 4 - St. James to Jefferson City - Times to be announced later
  • Stage 5
    September 11, 2009
    Stage 5 - Individual Time Trial - Sedalia - Times to be announced later
  • Stage 6
    September 12, 2009
    Stage 6 - Chillicothe to St. Joseph - Times to be announced later
  • Stage 7
    September 13, 2009
    Stage 7 - Kansas City Circuit Race - Times to be announced later
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Cycling Updates...

Tour Of Missouri Champion Vande Velde Crashed in Giro d'Italia

From VeloNews – May 11, 2009

It was a bittersweet day for Garmin-Slipstream in Monday's third stage at the Giro d'Italia as team captain Christian Vande Velde, the 2009 Tour of Missouri winner, crashed out of the Giro in a spill with about 50km to go and suffered serious injuries that will complicate his preparations for the Tour de France.

American Tyler Farrar, who had several Tour of Missouri top 5 finishes last year, however, bolted to second place in the stage, climbed into second place overall at eight seconds back of race leader Alessandro Petacchi (LPR) as well as second in the points jersey and earned some prime podium time with the best young rider's jersey.

Vande Velde broke two ribs and a severe contusion and sprain to his mid-back, said Garmin team officials.

"His front wheel got taken out," said Garmin director Matt White. "He fell right in the middle of the road. I was with him within 10 seconds because we were the second car today. He was pretty upset. There's no soft landing when you're going 50kph."

Officials said it was too early to speculate on how the crash might affect his preparations for the upcoming Tour de France.

Broken ribs, however, are a complicated injury and depending on the severity of the injury, make breathing difficult and painful. Vande Velde also has a history of back problems.

The American leader will return to his European home base in Girona, Spain, for further exams, the team reported.

The crash occurred in the middle of the pack as the peloton was reeling in the day's main breakaway and ramping up the speed to tackle the mountain points at Combai with about 50km to go.

Vande Velde was lying on his back, supporting his body with his elbows as White and a Giro doctor attended him.

He was transported to a local hospital in Conegliano, where X-rays revealed a fracture in his seventh right rib. An official medical report also said he suffered traumatism to his thorax, back and hip as well as cuts and scrapes on both sides of his body.

Vande Velde was racing the Giro to prepare for the Tour de France, but had ambitions to make a strong showing in the centennial edition of the Italian tour.

Last year, Vande Velde became the first American to wear the Giro's maglia rosa after Garmin won the opening team time trial on Sicily and went on to finish fourth overall in the Tour.

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World’s No. 2-Ranked Team Saxo Bank Announced for Tour of Missouri

Event to field seven Tour de France entrants and world’s top six teams

April 30, 2009 (Jefferson City, Mo.) - Following the announcement of No. 1-ranked Quickstep’s participation two weeks ago, the current world No. 2-ranked team, Saxo Bank of Denmark, has been announced for the third Tour of Missouri professional cycling race, scheduled for September 7-13, 2009.

"With the addition of Saxo Bank, this will be one of the best fields assembled on American soil" - Jim Birrell, Event Race DirectorThe addition of the powerful Saxo Bank team, which is led by superstars Fabian Cancellara (Olympic and world champion time trialist) of Switzerland; brothers Frank and Andy Schleck (winner of last weekend’s Leige-Bastogne-Leige) of Luxembourg and Germany’s Jens Voigt, will mark the seventh entrant expected to line up at the 2009 Tour de France this summer. It will mark Saxo Bank’s first time racing at the Tour of Missouri.

“With the addition of Saxo Bank, this will be one of the best fields assembled on American soil,” said Jim Birrell, the event’s race director. “The stature of the event continues to grow, and the participation of Saxo Bank re-enforces how far the Tour of Missouri has matured in three short years. This is shaping up to be a special kind of race and we expect people from around the country to see the world’s best come to Missouri.”

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said:  “We have exceeded our expectations with the field of this race. No doubt this will translate directly into more spectators and more economic impact for the state and host cities.”

Saxo Bank joins one of the top fields assembled outside of Europe this season.

Previously announced are the world No. 1-ranked Quickstep of Belgium; top United States-based teams Garmin-Slipstream and world No. 5-ranked Columbia-High Road, as well as the world No. 3-ranked Cervelo Test Team, 2009 Tour de France favorite Astana, and one of Italy’s top pro tour teams Liquigas. Domestic-based Jelly Belly and recent Paris-Roubaix team entrant BMC Racing have also been announced.

"Undoubtedly this has become one of the best races outside Europe in three short years." - Sean Petty, USA Cycling"Tour of Missouri has quickly grown in stature and quality each year, which is reflected in the quality of the teams and riders who will compete in the 2009 race," said Sean Petty, the Chief Operating Officer for USA Cycling and a member of the UCI’s Road Commission. “Undoubtedly this has become one of the best races outside Europe in three short years. This directly correlates to the high level of marketing and management 우드슬랩 behind the furniture event and the key support from the state.”

The overall course will take on a very different slant in 2009. For the first time, the race will route east to west, starting in St. Louis and finishing in Kansas City. The past two years, the race routed west to east starting in Kansas City to finish in St. Louis.

A total of nine teams have been announced to date. A total of 15 teams will be slotted in for the September line up.

The race will be contested over seven days and seven stages. There will be two circuit races (St. Louis, Kansas City), one individual time trial (Sedalia), and four point to point road races (Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau; Farmington to Rolla; St. James to Jefferson City; Chillicothe to St. Joseph). 글자수 세기

The overall mileage for the course is expected to be more than 600 miles.

Though a stellar world-class field was presented last year, the three-year-old race is expected to be even better as the Tour of Missouri was granted an upgrade to one of the top five-ranked events outside Europe by international and national federation’s for cycling. The upgrade will guarantee more top teams.  Additional teams will be announced in coming weeks.

American Christian Vande Velde won last year’s race, while countryman George Hincapie won the inaugural race in 2007.

The Tour of Missouri’s premier sponsors to date are Missouri Tourism, Missouri Farm Bureau of Jefferson City, Drury Hotels, Edward Jones and Wind Capital Management, all of St. Louis.

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Additional Sponsors Announced for 2009 Tour of Missouri

7 Day Elite Pro Cycling Race Takes Place September 7 - 13

JEFFERSON CITY, MO − (May 6, 2009) − Today officials with the 2009 Tour of Missouri, an elite professional cycling race, announced three additional sponsors, adding to the impressive  line up of previously announced Missouri companies supporting the race. The Tour of Missouri is an elite pro cycling race, spanning seven days, September 7-13, and covering 600+ miles.  Illustrating the success of the three year old professional sporting event, each of the featured sponsors are renewing their support for the event.

“The commitments from each of the returning sponsors underscore the event’s unprecedented marketing value as well as its positive economic impact to the community and the state,” said Lt. Governor Peter Kinder. “We salute our sponsors and look forward to presenting another world-class professional sporting event, free to attend and watch for fans the world-over.  We still need, however, to raise the bar on the event and have several opportunities remaining for new sponsors.”

Based in the Midwest, Wind Capital Group builds wind farms with a project strategy that places serious focus on community involvement and developing relationships to guide a project toward success. Wind Capital Group has developed and constructed the only four operational wind farms in the state of Missouri, totaling 162 megawatts (MW). One of these projects, the Loess Hills Wind Farm, led to the city of Rock Port, Missouri becoming America’s first 100% wind-powered community. According to Wind Capital Group President Tom Carnahan partnering with the Tour of Missouri is an ideal fit.

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Alongside four day of Pro/Am racing in the Midwest’s largest racing series, The THF Realty Gateway Cup

Gateway Cup The best female cyclists in the United States will once again kick-off the final event on the UCI North American Professional Racing Calendar, The Tour of Missouri Professional Cycling Race. Continuing the tradition started in 2008 with the one-day Tour of Missouri Women’s Criterium in Kansas City, for 2009 the speed and skill of the top female athletes in the country will be on display over 4 days of racing with a combined purse of $15,000.

The 2009 Tour of Missouri begins in St. Louis, Missouri over Labor Day Weekend, the same weekend as the Midwest’s largest competitive Pro/Am cycling series, the 18th edition of The Gateway Cup (www, Four days of racing in the heart of four of St. Louis’ most distinctive neighborhoods, the top amateurs and professionals in the country will compete for over $34,000 in prize money. Each day of The THF Realty Gateway Cup will feature a stage of the Tour of Missouri Women’s Series.

All eyes will be on Missouri for the largest sporting event ever held in the State, the Tour of Missouri, as St. Louis hosts the present and future stars of cycling. Labor Day, Sept. 7th, The Tour of Missouri Women’s Finale will be the final event of The THF Realty Gateway Cup, leading into Stage 1 of the Tour of Missouri. Starting in the morning, fans and racers can enjoy a full day of activities and racing as the Gateway Cup and the Tour of Missouri Women’s Finale share the same finish line, crowds and excitement of Stage 1 of the men’s professional international race.

“The Gateway Cup group has been great to work with. We felt the partnership between the Tour of Missouri and the Gateway Cup could only grow the brand and give our core audience a chance to race and then see the best riders in the world," said Steve Brunner, President of KOM Sports Marketing, the event's marketing arm that works with Medalist Sports. "It's going to be a blockbluster weekend for cycling enthusiasts Labor Day in St. Louis."

Previous winners of both the Tour of Missouri Women’s events and The THF Realty Gateway Cup represent the top professional men and women competing in the United States. Double US National Champion, Brooke Miller, racing for Team Tibco, won the inaugural Tour of Missouri Women’s race in 2008. The 17th edition of the Gateway Cup was won by Toyota-United’s Australian powerhouse Henk Vogels immediately prior to him contesting the Tour of Missouri.

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World's No. 1-Ranked Team QuickStep Announced for Tour of Missouri

Third Annual Elite Pro Cycling Race Takes Place September 7-13

April 14, 2009 (Jefferson City, Mo.) - The current world No. 1-ranked team, QuickStep of Belgium, has been announced for the third Tour of Missouri professional cycling race, scheduled for September 7-13, 2009.

It will be QuickStep's first time racing at the Tour of Missouri.

"It is a big win for Missouri that the world No. 1 ranked team has chosen to participate in one of the world's top bike races," said Lt. Governor Peter Kinder. "The caliber of athletes and teams will translate directly into more spectators and more economic impact for the state and host cities."

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AT&T White and Yellow Pages Announces Promotional Partnership with Tour of Missouri with St. Louis Area Covers with Tour Artwork


April 1, 2009 (Jefferson City, Mo.) - The 2009 Tour of Missouri is featured on the cover of the new 2009 AT&T Real White Pages directory serving the city of St. Louis and parts of St. Charles. The tour is also featured on four suburban directories serving specific areas of St. Louis County. Delivery of these directories runs through May 4 and will be available to new residents and businesses throughout the year.

"AT&T is pleased to partner with the Tour of Missouri and feature this world-class event on our directory covers," said Dave Nichols, president of AT&T-Missouri. "We look forward to connecting Missouri and the world to professional cycling."

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