Efforts Underway To Bring Tour Of California Back


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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 20, 2009

Bob Burns is with the Sacramento Sports Commission. He says they’ve been getting positive feedback from Tour officials. 

“Immediately after the end of the race we’re going to be in contact with them, identifying what they would like to see in terms of any improvements. But the early indications are that they were very happy and that there’s a good chance that we’ll get it back.” 

Burns says what could’ve been bad publicity for the city was made good when a resident recovered Lance Armstrong’s stolen bike and Sacramento Police personally delivered it to the cyclist. 

“I think that was sort of a gesture that look they took it seriously. It was too bad, no question about that. But I don’t think that would hurt our chances.” 

Close to 100,000 spectators gathered in Downtown Sacramento last Saturday to watch the start of the race. They also spent an estimated $8 million at local restaurants, hotels and shops. The nine-day race ends this Sunday in Escondido.