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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tour of Missouri time schedule

Now that the state of Missouri has freed up funding for the 2009 Tour of Missouri, organizers this week announced start times for this year race, which begins Labor Day in St. Louis and ends Sept. 13 in Kansas City.

Organizers plans to release the stage by stage courses next week in Kansas City, but they expect the race to exceed 600 miles.

Some of the world's top teams -- including Astana, Cervelo Test Team, Team Columbia HTC, Garmin-Slipstream, Liquigas, Team Saxo Bank and Quickstep -- are committed to this year's race. There's still no word whether Lance Armstrong will be part of this year's field.

Here's the schedule (all times are Central Daylight Time):
  • Stage One, St. Louis Circuit Race, Sept. 7 -- Start: 2 p.m. Estimated finish time: 5:15-5:45 p.m.
  • Stage Two, Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau, Sept. 8 -- Start: 11 a.m. Estimated finish time: 3-4:15 p.m.
  • Stage Three, Farmington to Rolla, Sept. 9 -- Start: 11: a.m. Estimated finish time: 3:10-4:15 p.m.
  • Stage Four, St, James to Jefferson City, Sept. 10 -- Start: 2 p.m. Estimated finish time: 5:45-7 p.m.
  • Stage Five, Sedalia Time Trial, Sept. 11 -- Start: 1 p.m. Estimated finish time: 5-6 p.m.
  • Stage Seven, Kansas City Circuit Race, Sept. 13 -- Times to be announced.
Stage One of the Tour of Missouri will culminate a big weekend of bicycle racing in St. Louis. The Gateway Cup series begins on Friday, Sept. 5, and ends Sept. 7 with the Tour of Missouri Criterium. This year's Gateway Cup features four days of the Tour of Missouri Women's Series.

On Sept. 7, both the Tour of Missouri Criterium and Stage One will begin and end at the City Garden in downtown St. Louis. Tour of Missouri Criterium action begins at 7 a.m. that day, and you can see a full schedule of Gateway Cup events here.

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