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Race That Was Tour of Missouri Gets Top Three Finishers From Tour de France

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The third, and final, Tour of Missouri in 2009.
Next week marks the start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a.k.a. the race Colorado gained and Missouri lost following a political pissing match last year between Governor Jay Nixon and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

During its three-year run from 2007 through 2009, the Tour of Missouri attracted some of the world's elite riders for a six-day ride through the state. But the late-August race through Missouri has nothing on its replacement.

Last week, organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced that the top three finishers from last month's Tour de France (Cadel Evans and the brothers Andy and Franck Schleck) will compete in their race beginning August 22. Those riders join other superstars of the sport including Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, and George Hincapie (the 2008 Tour of Missouri winner).

Of course, Colorado does have many things Missouri never had -- mountains, a major corporate sponsor in Quiznos and the initial backing of Lance Armstrong, who helped found the Colorado race before going underground recently amid allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Still, the race was Missouri's to lose.

In withholding $1.5 million in state funds used to finance the tour, Missouri lost as much as $30 million in statewide spending generated from the race. It's unlikely, though, that Governor Nixon ever lost much sleep over the state losing the race. Check out this link of the governor torturedly delivering a joke at the expense of Tour of Missouri. 

Our guess is that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is the one laughing now.

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Steve
Steve

The elected officials of Mizzourah (Nixon, Kinder, Graves, et al) reflect the mentality of the electorate (unfortunately).  Shameful fools.

me
me

Remember the next time you are at the polls, the 30 some odd million dollars small businesses in Mo lost when Jay Nixon allowed the Tour of Missouri to die.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

If only Kinder would have invited Jay to a "pantsless party" at Verlin's, I'm sure they could have worked this out.  

Good job, Mr Governor.  We certainly didn't want anything in Missouri that might bring in revenue AND give the State some good publicity.

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