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The Next-Gen Coors Classic


Colorado appears set to host major professional cycling next year for the first time since the 1988 Coors Classic.

Details on the route for the multistage race and its participants will be confirmed in an official announcement next week, according to The Denver Post, which reiterates that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong campaigned Governor Bill Ritter, a cyclist himself, for such a race.


The old Coors Classic, held in the Boulder area from 1979-88, was once considered a top international race, touting winners such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault, both multiple Tour de France winners.

As for one of Boulder’s top riders, Taylor Phinney, the 20-year-old cyclist has been selected to ride with Armstrong’s Team RadioShack, writes The Associated Press. The son of champion cyclist Davis Phinney, Taylor was profiled in the July 2008 edition of 5280.

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