No Lance Armstrong in Tour of Missouri, organizers say

The Tour of Missouri cycling race Sept. 7-13 will have plenty of star power — but not the biggest star of all.Lance Armstrong, the seven-time winner of the Tour de France, will not race in the Missouri event, organizers said over the weekend.

His team, Astana, will compete, and many fans were holding out hope that he would be on the squad’s roster. But organizers have received word that Armstrong has already scheduled a fundraiser for his foundation that benefits cancer victims during the time the Tour of Missouri will be held.

“We’re still trying to see if we can work something out,” said Chris Aronhalt, managing partner of Medalist Sports, which coordinates the Missouri race. “But right now, it doesn’t appear likely.”