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Tour of Georgia gone

   The U.S. is losing one of its top cycling races, the Tour of Georgia. The race, won by Lance Armstrong in 2004, had been receiving $400,000 in state funding, which was expected to be taken away this year because of the economic climate.

     Before the Amgen Tour of California came into existence four years ago, the Georgia race was the most prestigious stage race in the United States. Even last year there were rumors the race was in trouble and it didn't help when Armstrong didn't commit to riding in Georgia during his comeback that begins in Australia in January. Armstrong has listed the Tour of California on his schedule.

-- Diane Pucin


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