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Grand Cycling Classic cancelled after loss of sponsorship

The 2009 Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been cancelled after its title sponsor ended its support due to economic pressures.

"It was the major factor for us," Priority Health's Amy Miller said to the Grand Rapids Press. "We felt the event here was a huge success, but we had to make some tough decisions in Michigan regarding the economy."

Last year's event, held in early September, was won by Tina Pic and Russell Langley and featured 400 racers in front of 6,000 spectators.

The Michigan-based health care provider Priority Health also ended sponsorship of the Tour de Leelanau and another event in Ann Arbor.

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