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Tour of America postponed until 2009

Organizers of the proposed 2,200-mile Tour of America have postponed their inaugural event until fall 2009. "Everyone we have spoken with wants to see a 'Tour de France-style' race here in the United States," said Frank Arokiasamy, the race director and president of Aqu, Inc., the race's organizing company. Arokiasamy proposed the coast-to-coast race last fall, scheduling it for September 2008.

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The inaugural 2,200-mile stage race had been scheduled for September 2008.

Organizers of the proposed 2,200-mile Tour of America have postponed their inaugural event until fall 2009.

“Everyone we have spoken with wants to see a ‘Tour de France-style’ race here in the United States,” said Frank Arokiasamy, the race director and president of Aqu, Inc., the race’s organizing company.

Arokiasamy proposed the coast-to-coast race last fall, scheduling it for September 2008.

“We want to work with USA Cycling and UCI to establish this event as a compliment to the major international races, and at the same time not conflict with established races in the United States. Overall, we want to make sure the Tour of America strengthens the sport of cycling and the race calendar. In addition, potential sponsors and route cities have expressed strong support for a fall 2009 race,” he said.

He said that since the announcement last fall, Aqu executives and staff members have met with cities along the proposed route, potential sponsors and race teams, as well as USA Cycling and UCI officials.

The 2009 race’s exact route and schedule has not released, but the route is expected to include New York City, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Las Vegas and the California cities of Sacramento, Napa, Santa Rosa and Palo Alto.