Columbia-HTC will bring sprinter Mark Cavendish, time trialist/GC rider Michael Rogers and strongman George Hincapie to this year’s Tour of Missouri, the race announced Wednesday.
Cavendish won three stages at Missouri last year, and Hincapie won the overall title in the race’s first edition in 2007. The race is being held Sept. 7-13 this year.
“I really enjoyed Tour of Missouri last year,” Cavendish said. “Cycling fans in America are genuinely enthusiastic about watching us race, which makes for a great atmosphere.”
In addition to Cavendish, Rogers, and Hincapie, Columbia-HTC will bring VeloNews diarist Michael Barry (who won a stage in last year’s Tour of Missouri), lead-out man Mark Renshaw of Australia and former Italian time trial champion Marco Pinotti.
Hincapie broke his collarbone in the last week of the Tour de France; a final decision on his participation will be made at the end of the month.