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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Discovery signs on to Tour of Missouri

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that the Discovery Channel cycling team, for which Lance Armstrong rode to seven consecutive victories in the Tour de France, will participate in the Tour of Missouri, which begins Sept. 11 in Kansas City and ends Sept. 16 in St. Louis.

The top American riders on the team are Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie and Tom Danielson.

The Post-Dispatch calls Discovery's commitment significant, given the uncertain climate in cycling. A spate of doping allegations has led to jittery investors and the cancellation of the Tour of Utah and the Montreal-Boston Tour.

"Missouri has hung in there when other events haven't," said Steve Brunner, marketing director of the Tour of Missouri, told the newspaper. "Once you get a team like Discovery, a lot can fall into place. Getting Discovery proves that the event can be all that we hope."

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