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Armstrong to miss Missouri

Lance Armstrong wears the Livestrong brand

Lance Armstrong wears the Livestrong brand (Image credit: View over Abinger Hammer cricket ground as the peloton ride by fans in the Surrey countryside sitting in their local watering hole)

The Astana team will compete in the upcoming Tour of Missouri, but it will do so without star rider Lance Armstrong. 

The seven-time champion and third place finisher in this year's Tour de France was already scheduled to attend a Livestrong fundraiser in Canada during the week the race is held, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Several top names are scheduled to compete in the week long Tour of Missouri which begins September 7. Team Columbia-HTC's Mark Cavendish, George Hincapie and Michael Rogers as well as defending champion Christian Vande Velde will all be at the start in St. Louis.

Astana is expected to field a team led by Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer.

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