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Tour de Georgia delayed for another year

Organizers of the Tour de Georgia announced Wednesday that the planned return of the six-day American stage race has been delayed for another year.

The Board of Directors of the Tour de Georgia Foundation, Inc. canceled the 2009 event late last year and planned to resurrect the event for 2010. However, on Wednesday, the board cancelled plans for the 2010 race, “postponing the return of the Tour de Georgia until at least 2011.”

“This was not an easy decision, but one that was best in the current economic climate,” board member Tom Saddlemire said in a release issued by the group. “The Board of Directors and our advisors did all we could to tailor a race to fit within the economic realities of today and we are understandably disappointed in this announcement, but we are committed to bringing back the Tour as soon as possible. I commend the Board for their tireless efforts to bring a race together and thank all our supporters, especially our friends with USA Cycling, and look forward to a future race.”

Race organizers said that “current economic headwinds,” coupled with slower than expected consumer spending kept potential sponsors from investing in the race for 2010.

First held in 2003, the Tour de Georgia attracted top international fields and star riders. The most recent edition of the race was held in 2008 and included six stages, covering more than 600 miles across the state.

Wednesday’s announcement concluded with a promise that the “Tour de Georgia Foundation, Inc … and its Board of Directors is fully committed to bringing the Tour de Georgia back as soon as possible.”

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