Poor economy won't prevent Missouri cycling tour

COLUMBIA | Organizers say the slumping economy that killed a similar cycling race in Georgia won't affect next year's Tour of Missouri.

The 2-year-old Missouri event is one of just two remaining major professional stage races in this country, along with the California race.

The Missouri race's return also is not dependent on a possible return by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong on his expected comeback tour.

Tour Executive Director Jerry Dowell told the Columbia Daily Tribune that support from corporate sponsors is stronger than ever.