Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador, third place overall Tour de France finisher Levi Leipheimer and 2006 US National Road Race Champion George Hincapie, all of the Discovery Channel Team, will make an appearance at the Trek Bicycle Store in Kansas City on Monday, September 10th at 5:00 pm to raise money for "Headstrong for Jake" and the "Major Taylor Foundation."
All three will be competing in Discovery's last race on American soil. They will sign autographs for those who attend. A $10 donation fee will be required for autographs, with the money going toward both foundations. The first 200 donors will also be eligible to win prizes in a raffle.
Regarding his return to the US for the Tour of Missouri, Leipheimer said, "After a long season racing in Europe, I'm looking forward to coming back to the US and racing in front of our home crowd. This appearance gives us the rare opportunity to personally thank our fans and also raise money for two worthwhile causes."
After the Tour of Missouri, Leipheimer and Jason McCartney will also make an appearance at the fourth annual Bicycles Inc. Cycle for Science event in Forth Worth, Texas. The 30 mile ride on Friday, October 19th at 8:00 am will raise money for the Museum of Science and History. The ride is limited to 12 Yellow Jersey Individual Sponsor at US$2,000 per rider and 25 Green Jersey Participants at $500 per rider.
Team Discovery Channel for Tour of Missouri: Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Yaroslav Popovych, Benjamin Noval, Tony Cruz, Fuyu Li and John Devine, led by Sports Director Johan Bruyneel.