The winner of the 2009 Tour de France mountain competition will start the Tour of Missouri next month.
Team Liquigas has announced that Franco Pellizotti will be on its Missouri squad, as will Francesco Chicchi, who won the final stage of the 2008 race.
“It is a great sign for the race to have the current King of the Mountain champion from the Tour de France and also a podium finisher from the Tour of Italy come to race in the United States,” said Jim Birrell, the Tour of Missouri’s race director.
The race is September 7-13, heading west from St. Louis to Kansas City over a 600-mile course. VeloNews.com will bring readers live coverage, daily reports by staff writers and photos by Casey B. Gibson.