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Tour de Georgia 2007: Route, Stages, Results, Photos, Videos

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Tour de Georgia 2007 Stage Details
1 Monday, April 16th 97 mi 
Peachtree CityMacon
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2 Tuesday, April 17th 135 mi 
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3 Wednesday, April 18th 118 mi 
RomeChattanooga, TN  
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4 Thursday, April 19th 18.9 mi 
Chickamauga, GALookout Mountain TT
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5 Friday, April 20th 107 mi 
DaltonBrasstown Bald Mountain [profile]
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6 Saturday, April 21st 113.5 mi 
Lake Lanier IslandsStone Mountain Park  
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7 Sunday, April 22nd 77 mi 
Atlanta (Centennial Olympic Park)
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  Total Distance 667 mi 

Stage 7 Results: CSC gets it done on the final day

Everyone loves an (overall) winner:
Janez Brajkovic, Discovery Channel
photo: Frank Steele
Cesar Grajales made sure his local Jittery Joe's team got lots of air time and earned most aggressive rider honors.
photo: missingsaddle
April 22 3:30 PM EST update: After two runner-up finishes during the week, Juan Jose Haedo (CSC) got his win on the final day's uphill sprint finish. Janez Brajkovic of Discovery Channel survived a flat tire during the race and takes the overall race win. The TourTracker got on track for the last stage broadcasting good video and audio. Full report, read more. Stage 7 post-race quotes.
Stage 7 Results:
1 Juan Jose Haedo (CSC) 77 mi, 2:25:30
2 Freddie Rodriguez (Predictor Lotto)
3 Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance)
Complete Results
Final Overall Standings 1 Janez Brajkovic, Discovery Channel 1058.9km in 25:26:33 (41.619kph) 2 Christian Vande Velde, CSC, at 0:12 3 David Canada Gracia, Saunier at 3:04 4 Rubens Bertogliati, Saunier at 3:06 5 Kevin Seeldraeyers, QSI at 4:22 6 Scott Nydam, BMC at 5:35 7 Jeff Louder, HealthNet at 6:00 8 Timothy Johnson. HealthNet at 6:59 9 Lucas Euser, Slipstream at 10:08 10 Ivan Santaromita, QSI at 12:15

Watch the last 10 minutes of Stage 7:

Tour de Georgia TV Schedule
April 22 update: Here's another reminder that highlights of the Tour de Georgia will be broadcast as part of Versus' Cyclysm Sundays over two days. Stages 1-4: April 28th at 5-7pm ET and Stages 5-7: April 29th at 5-7pm ET. Find your VERSUS channel number.
April 29 update: Here are the VERSUS online highlights

Stage 7 Preview: Finale celebration in Atlanta

  All 115 lbs of the race
  leader, Janez Brajkovic
  (Discovery Channel)
  photo: Mark Blacknell
April 21 7:10 PM EST update: At 1:00 PM Sunday, The Tour de Georgia returns to Atlanta for the seventh and final stage. It will be the first time professional cycling has been on streets of the Capitol city since 2003. Centennial Olympic Park will be the location for the start/finish line of this 77-mile circuit race where spectators can party and watch riders round the 8.5-mile course nine times. The race will pass CNN world headquarters, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia Aquarium. Expect an exciting sprint finish at approximately 3:30 PM, but no change in the overall lead. Barring mishap, young Janez Brajkovic of Discovery Channel will win the week. Festivities and family entertainment will be scheduled all day throughout Centennial Olympic Park, as well as the overall awards ceremony, which will follow at approximately 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Once again, you can (try to) follow the action live via the Tour Tracker (with video/audio?) or with live text updates. Seeing as it's a circuit race tomorrow, it should be easier to provide live coverage. — Steve

Who says a skinny guy never gets the girls? (photos Yahoo Sports and Frank Steele)

 The Perfect Bike Throw
 courtesy of Phoenix Sports Technology

Stage 6 Results: Fast Freddie has still got it

April 21 4:30 PM EST update: The return to the flatlands and gruppo compacto has brought the sprinters to the front for the first time all week. Freddie Rodriguez ends a dry/injury/domestique spell and wins "a full-on field sprint"; his first win since last year's event. With no teammates at the front and a healthy 200 meters to go, Freddie jumped and held off Juan Jose Haedo at the line with a well executed bike throw .

photo: Mark Blacknell
"Every year I've come here, I've won stages and done really well... I saw 200m to go and I went and I just wound up the speed. I had really good legs and I was able to hold off Haedo by a wheel." as Fast Freddie explained it. "The guys [CSC] did a lot of work today. I couldn't have been in a better position. I try my best." said the runner-up. Haedo was also runner-up on Stage 2. As expected, there is no change in GC. Full report, read moreSteve

Stage 6 Video Highlights (6:22 mins)

Stage 6 Results:
1 Freddie Rodriguez (Predictor Lotto)
2 Juan Jose Haedo (CSC)
3 George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
Complete Results

GC Standings after Stage 6 and Best Young Rider Classification
Read how the race unfolded minute-by-minute and the Stage 6 post-race quotes.
Casey Gibson's Stage 6 photos
Cyclingnews Stage 6 photos

Stage 6 Preview: Lake Lanier Islands to Stone Mountain Park

April 20 update: Lake Lanier Islands Resort, a 1,100-acre property with a variety of year-round amenities, will host the Stage Six 12:00 noon start at Holiday Point. Cyclists will see spectators lining the roads on foot, bicycles and even houseboats. With the climbing over for the week, Stage Six will cover all new territory across 113.5 miles of rolling hills, with sprint lines in the small towns of Buford and Social Circle. Going south in Hall County and then east through Gwinnett and Barrow counties, the route turns back to the west in Social Circle towards DeKalb County. The race will pass through the village of Stone Mountain and enter Stone Mountain Park at the West Gate (at approx 3:30 PM) for two laps inside the Park. This section will take the riders along the hilly terrain by the golf course, with a finish line on Old Hugh Howell. Stone Mountain Park, with over 3,200 acres, is Georgia's most visited attraction, drawing nearly four million guests each year. See the links in the stage summary table (right) for the Stage Six ride profile, map and timetable. Here are the updated team rosters after Stage Five. — Steve

Once again, you can follow the action live via the Tour Tracker (with video/audio?) or with live text updates.

Stage 5 Results: Levi wins Brasstown Bald... convincingly

Levi and Danielson were the only ones who could stay with Simoni as he hit it on a steep section leading to Brasstown Bald
photo courtesy of Andy Padyk
Altanta Velo cyclists must be a hit with the locals!
photo by: TimothyJ
April 20 3:42 PM EST update: Discovery Channel's Levi Leipheimer wins, convincingly, after passing the remnants of the eight man break 3 km from the Brasstown Bald mountaintop finish. “David Millar (Prodir-Saunier Duval) really turned up the gas at the end of the [next to last] climb. [Then Gilberto] Simoni (Prodir-Saunier Duval) took over. He’s very smart with his effort. He was hitting it hard on the steep parts. After a while, at the 5k to go mark, it was just Tom (Danielson) and I on his wheel. I sensed that he had slowed down a little bit and I tried hitting him hard a little bit,” said Leipheimer of his determined charge. “I felt great yesterday and today and I had the legs to keep going.” From there, Levi caught and passed the break and stretched his lead to 38 seconds as he crossed the line for another win.

Christian Vandevelde attempted to drop Janez Brajkovic on the steep finishing grade, but couldn't so there is no change in the first GC position. However, a day after losing the leader's jersey, David Canada Gracia, has clawed back onto the podium at the expense of his Saunier Duval - Prodir teammate, Rubens Bertogliati, and now sits in third by just 2 seconds. Tyler Hamilton placed 71st on the day, 10+ minutes behind Levi's winning time. Full report and photos. Also, checkout Spare Cycles' brief report and Stage Five Quotes.

Stage 5 Video: Brasstown Bald Finish (10 mins)

Stage 5 Results
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channe             4.33.33
2 Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel              0.38
3 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home              1.00
4 Nathan O'neill (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis   1.06
5 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir          1.19
6 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team                  1.25
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis   1.29
8 John Devine (USA) USA National Development Team       1.30
9 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                   1.38
10 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel               "                            
Complete Results

GC Standings After Stage 5
1 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro       18.57.03
2 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                   0.12
3 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir      3.04
4 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir       3.06
Complete GC Standings

Stage 5... in progress

April 20 2:43 PM EST update: A lead group of 8 has a 3:40 gap (and dropping) on the field with 30 km to go. The gap was once 5 minutes but Prodir-Saunier Duval and Jittery Joes are chasing. The 8 man break consists of UCI Continental riders: Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Alexandre Moos (BMC), Danny Pate (Team Slipstream), Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United).
April 20 3:26 PM EST update: With 3.5 km to go, Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval - Prodir), Thomas Danielson (Discovery Channel), and Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) have broken away from the peloton. The climbers have made their move.

Stage 5 Preview: Dalton to Brasstown Bald

April 20 update: Epic climbing is the theme of the day for today's Stage Five. Another five-time Tour host, Dalton will watch the peloton take two neutral laps in downtown at 11:00 AM before setting off through the Chattahoochee National Forest and the now-familiar climbs in the southern Appalachian Mountains of Georgia. Covering 107 miles, the cyclists will climb Fort Mountain (at approx. 11:45 AM), Wolfpen Gap (at approx. 2:30 PM) and Jacks Gap to reach the final and signature climb of the Tour de Georgia, Brasstown Bald Mountain (at approx 3:10 PM). The course materials say, "these final 3.12 miles are very similar to the Tour de France's epic L'Alpe d'Huez climb, are steep and covered with screaming spectators." Brasstown Bald is the Alpe d'Huez of the Tour de Georgia but it is very different. It's much shorter, but steeper. Both climbs always bring out the fans. Brasstown Bald is the highest spot in Georgia, at 4,783 feet.

Can Janez Brajkovic extend his precarious 12 second lead over Christian Vandevelde? Will Tom Danielson win Brasstown Bald for the third straight year? Anyone else wondering how Tyler Hamilton will measure up? Get there early to find a parking spot at the base of the climbs or better yet ride your bike! Enjoy the day. See the links in the stage summary table (right) for today's ride profile, map and timetable.— Steve

Once again, you can follow the action live via the Tour Tracker or with live text updates.

Stage 4 Results: Levi wins the TT; teammate Janez Brajkovic is now the race leader

Just like the Tour of California (shown here), Levi lit up the TT. photo: Mike Norris
photo: Eric Reagan
Janez Brajkovic (Discovery Channel) assumes the overall lead today with his 11th place performance.
photo: Frank Steele | 95 more photos...
April 19 2:00 PM EST update: Levi Leipheimer posted another great early season, time-trial result and easily won the day. But, you know something is odd about a race when the 11th place finisher in a TT stage (and two and half minutes back of the day's winner) becomes leader in GC. Levi's solid, all around teammate, Janez Brajkovic, now finds himself in the unexpected role of both team and race leader. (Janez did briefly wear the leader's jersey at last year's Vuelta a España, but he was a last minute replacement for this year's Tour de Georgia). This morning's wearer of the leader's jersey, David Canada Gracia of Saunier Duval - Prodir, was more than five minutes behind Levi and will likely work now to keep teammate Rubens Bertogliati on the podium.

Stage 4 Results
1 Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) 18.9 mi in 44:51
2 David Zabriskie (Team CSC) 45:32
3 Nathan O'Neill (Health Net) 46:09
4 Thomas Danielson (Discovery Channel) 46:22
5 Dominique Cornu (Predictor-Lotto) 46:32
Complete Results
GC Classifiication After Stage 4
1 Janez Brajkovic (Discovery Channel)     14.21.52
2 Christian Vandevelde (Team CSC)             0.12
3 Rubens Bertogliati (Prodir-Saunier Duval)   1.22
Complete GC Standings
Although the TT was somewhat anti-climatic, tomorrow's stage up Brasstown Bald should be interesting. Since Janez only finished 23 seconds behind Tom Danielson on Brasstown Bald last year, he should be able to hold off Christian Vandevelde (CSC), his main threat, at just 12 seconds back. "Christian's pretty close... he's gonna be dangerous, but if everything goes like we're gonna plan, I don't think there's any chance to lose the (AT&T Leader's) jersey. But you never know, bike racing is not very predictable," said Brajkovic. Of some relevance, two years ago, Christian Vandevelde finished 2:44 behind Danielson on Brasstown Bald. By the way, Janez Brajkovic is young enough to be best young rider leader as well. Read the minute-by-minute text updates of how today's stage unfolded and view the photos. — Steve

Stage 4 Preview: The Lookout Mountain Time-Trial

April 19 update: Stage Four will feature the Individual Time Trial, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Chickamauga and take the riders on a 18.9-mile/ 30.4-km route up Lookout Mountain to Rock City Gardens. Riders will depart in reverse order of the General Classification in one-minute intervals; the Top 10 will go last in two-minute intervals. Canada Gracia, leading the G.C., will be the final rider on the ITT course, and is expected to finish close to 2:00 p.m. at Rock City Gardens. See the links in the stage summary table for today's ride profile, map and timetable.

Once again, you can follow the action live via the Tour Tracker or with live text updates.

Stage 3 Results: Timely moves by the Discovery Channel's Gianni Meersman leads to victory in Tennessee while the peloton is still (almost) in Georgia

April 18 16:45 PM EST update: Healthnet's Jeff Louder launched several attacks in the final kilometers off the front of the day's big break, but came up empty when passed by Discovery Channel's Gianni Meersman, the winner, and several other riders in the final meters. Meersman had earlier bridged up and rejoined the lead group on the descent into Chattanooga after the cooperative break splintered on the final climb. Because the break was well represented with strong riders working well together from GC contending teams, the gap between the winning break and the pack was allowed to grow to 23 minutes before the final climb and with just 40 km to go, the gap was still 10 km. The gap ballooned to 29 minutes before the slaughter finally ended.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It won't matter if the pre-race favorites light it up Lookout Mountain in tomorrow's uphill time-trial or Brasstown Bald the next day, their hopes of winning the GC are over. It looks like today's 3rd place finisher and all around solid, Janez Brajkovic, is in the GC driver's seat. For now, the new overall leader is David Canada Gracia. A great day for Discovery Channel, but not from the riders you'd expect.

Stage 3 Results:
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel
2 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval
3 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel
Complete Results. Read how the race unfolded minute-by-minute.
Full Report

Stage 3 Preview: Rome to Chattanooga

April 18 update: Rome does double duty as the noon start venue for Stage 3 today. Just south of downtown, the Stage Start will begin at the Darlington School. As the first official climbing stage of the Tour, Stage Three is the second longest stage covering 118 miles. There is one Sprint line in Summerville, and four King of the Mountain climbs - one just north of Rome, one outside Menlo, one at Cloudland Canyon State Park and a final at the top of Lookout Mountain. The race will crest the mountain at Rock City Gardens, then descent into Tennessee for a second finish in downtown Chattanooga. The finish line at Riverfront Parkway and Chestnut Street overlooks the Tennessee River and the Tennessee Aquarium. See the links in the stage summary table for today's ride profile, map and timetable.

Hopefully, the live internet coverage will build on yesterday's improvement. There was video and audio yesterday, but with a lot of picture and audio breakup. Give it another try: TourTracker link (What is TourTracker?). As usual, there is always the reliable cyclingnews live text updates.

Stage 2 Results: Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United) gaps the field and wins

April 17 5:05 PM EST update:
Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United) got a gap cresting Clocktower Hill on the 2nd and final time and easily crossed ahead of former teammate JJ Haedo. Ben Jacques-Maynes wins the Clocktower Hill KOM and will don the KOM jersey at the end of the day.

Stage 2 Results
1. Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United) 135mi in 5:35:27
2. Juan Jose Haedo (CSC) @ 2 secs
3. Fred Rodriguez (Predictor-Lotto) s.t.
Full Report and Results
29 photos by Frank Steele
Start line photos by Gomez308

Nothing like winning!
photos: Frank Steele

Problem with map links is now fixed after the official site reverses its mistake

The three man main break today (L-R): Glen Chadwick (Navigators Insurance), Garrett Peltonen (Priority Health), Austin King (Jittery Joe's) heading into Rome before being catch.
April 17 3:45 PM EST update:
For at least part of the morning and most of the race today, the official site was not operating. Overnight, they switched to a new server, for performance reasons, and invoked redirection from to without transferring across directories and files which invalidated every link to their original site! Unbelievable, but true.

That left thousands of visitors to the official site and other sites (like this) receiving "Page Not Found" errors. (Since the profile, map and timetable links on this page access the official site, spectators couldn't access valuable stage information). I got hold of one of the organizers twenty-minutes ago, who was unaware of the problem, and urged him to undo the redirect which is what they have quickly done. Things seem to be back to normal. I've received permission to store the Stage PDFs on my site so the busy and not found errors will not happen again. In all, The Medalist Sports people do an amazing job handling logistics at these big races and this year's Tour de Georgia has been very difficult in many ways. By the way, just now the helicopter relay problems were fixed and the TourTracker (What is TourTracker?) with video and sound is working although there are still picture and audio breakups, but it's not too bad.
4:45 PM EST update: Ben Jacques-Maynes wins the Clocktower Hill KOM and will don the KOM jersey at the end of the day.
4:57 PM EST update: Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United) wins... ahead of former teammate JJ Haedo.

Stage 2 Preview and Live Coverage: Thomaston to Rome

April 17 update: Stage two will depart today from Thomaston, Ga., at 11:00 AM EST. This 135-mile route is the longest of the week, and is expected to finish between 4:00-5:00 p.m. The route begins with a neutral, or “ceremonial” start in Thomaston, and will feature sprint lines in Newnan and Rockmart. Once in Rome, the cyclists will have to repeatedly conquer the steep incline of Clocktower Hill on two finishing circuits before the sprint finish at 1st Street and 2nd Avenue. The first King of the Mountain Climb points of the Tour will be awarded on the first pass up Clocktower Hill. See the links in the stage summary table for todays ride profile, map and timetable.

Hopefully, the live internet coverage will be better today. Yesterdays video and audio feeds got off to a slow start and were very sporadic all race, but better audio and video has been promised. It's probably best to click on the TourTracker link (What is TourTracker?) before 11:00 AM EST to reserve your seat. As usual, there is always the reliable cyclingnews live text updates.

Stage 1 Results: Daniele Contrini (Tinkoff) wins the 1st day

April 16 update: It's about one hour before the 1:00 PM kickoff and the official site is already dishing out a "505 Error" which isn't a good omen. Anyway, here is the TourTracker link which is promising live everything (video, audio, text and gps) all laid on top of today's course map. Better click on the url now and sit on an open connection to avoid disappointment later. As a fallback, here is the link to live text updates only: 12:51 EDT update, The live text update link has changed... try it again. "It's a very blustery day in Georgia. A cold front is moving through the area, and high wind warnings are up all along today's route. The riders should have a tailwind for much of the stage, which could make for an early arrival in Macon." 13:30 EDT update, TourTracker video and audio will not be available for at least another half hour according to the broadcast truck. — Steve
Printable rider start list with race numbers

Stage 1 Results: Tinkoff Credit Systems', Daniele Contrini attacks the three man break and solos in ahead of Doug Ollerenshaw (Healthnet) and Navigator's Ben Day...

Aided by a tailwind all the way to Macon, the Pro Continental teams stole the spotlight on day one. Contrini dropped his breakmates on the hilly Macon circuit and finished over a minute ahead of Ryder Hesjedal, the winner of the field sprint for fourth. CSC's Juan Jose Haedo was the top ProTour rider all the way down in 9th place. Full Report, read more.... Check back for video highlights from today's action.

Quotes from the pre-race press conference

April 15 update: Final words before the showdown in Georgia from Tyler Hamilton, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Ryder Hesjedal and other participating Tour partners. photo: (c) Lyne Lamoureux

   Listen to the press conference
  Tom Danielson interview

Watch or listen to live coverage via the internet

April 13 update: The organizers have announced details on comphrensive options for viewing live coverage of this year's Tour de Georgia. There will be streaming video and audio as well as GPS tracking and text updates. Also, nightly overview videos of all of the action from each day will be posted online. I'll post the links to content in the stage summary table (see right) as it becomes available. Stay tuned...
Steve, February 15, 2007

2007 Tour de Georgia Team Rosters

April 11 update: Here are the starting lineups for Monday's kickoff in Peachtree City:
  Fred Rodriguez
  Nicholas Gates
  Christophe Brandt
  Stefano Zanini	 
  Dominique Cornu 
  Olivier Kaisen 
  Geert Steurs	 
  Preben Van Hecke 
Discovery Channel Cycling Team
  Tom Danielson
  Levi Leipheimer 
  Gianni Meersman	 	 
  Janez Brajkovic	 	 
  Jose Luis Rubiera	 	 
  Pavel Padrnos	 	 
  George Hincapie
  Brian Vandborg	 	 
Team CSC  	 
  David Zabriskie
  Matthew Goss	 
  Anders Lund
  Michael Blaudzen	 
  Kurt Asle Arvesen	 
  Juan Jose Haedo 
  Martin Pedersen
  Christian Vandevelde	 
Quick Step-Innergetic 
  Leonardo Scarselli	 
  Alessandro Proni	 
  Ivan Santaromita 
  Hubert Schwab	 
  Kevin Seeldraeyers	 
  Andrea Tonti	 
  Davide Vigano 
  Maarten Wynants 
Prodir-Saunier Duval 
  Gilberto Simoni	 	 
  David Millar	 
  Rubens Bertogliati	 	 
  David Canada	 	 
  Javier Megias	 	 
  Christophe Rinero	 	 
  Guido Trentin	 	 
  Remmert Wielinga
Tinkoff Credit Systems 
  Tyler Hamilton	 	 
  Elia Aggiano	 	 
  Pavel Brutt	 	 
  Salvatore Commesso	 	 
  Daniele Contrini	 	 
  Ruggero Marzoli	 	 
  Alexander Serov	 	 
  Steffen Weigold	 	 
Health Net Presented by Maxxis
  Nathan O'Neill	 	 
  Doug Ollerenshaw	 	 
  Ryder Hesjedal	 	 
  Tim Johnson	 	 
  Karl Menzies	 	 
  Jeff Louder	 	 
  Kirk O'Bee	 	 
  Rory Sutherland	 	 
USA Cycling National Team
  John Devine	 	 
  Brent Bookwalter	 	 
  Caleb Fairly	 	 
  Chad Beyer	 	 
  Chris Stockburger	 	 
  Sheldon Deeny	 	 
  Zachary Grabowski	 	 
  Nick Reistad  
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
  Phil Zajicek	 	 
  Oleg Grishkin	 	 
  Glen Chadwick	 	 
  Ben Day	 	 
  Valeriy Kobzarenko	 	 
  Sergey Lagutin	 	 
  Ciaran Power	 	 
  Viktor Rapinski	 	 
Team Slipstream Powered by Chipotle
  Danny Pate	 	 
  Tom Peterson	 	 
  Patrick McCarty	 	 
  Mike Lange	 	 
  Lucas Euser	 	 
  Timmy Duggan	 	 
  Blake Caldwell	 	 
  Jason Donald
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
  Chris Baldwin	 	 
  Durke Swindlehurst	 	 
  Ivan Dominguez	 	 
  Caleb Manion	 	 
  Justin England	 	 
  Ivan Stevic	 	 
  Henk Vogels	 	 
  Chris Wherry	 	 
BMC Racing Team  	 
  Scott Moninger	 	 
  Scott Nydam	 	 
  Alexandre Moos	 	 
  David Vitoria	 	 
  Michael Sayers	 	 
  Jackson Stewart	 	 
  Jonathan Garcia	 	 
  Ian McKissick	 	 
Jittery Joe�s - Zero Gravity Team  
  Cesar Grajales
  Trent Wilson	 	 
  Neil Shirley	 	 
  Evan Elken	 	 
  Matt Shriver	 	 
  Cody Stevenson	 	 
  Austin King	 	 
  Tommy Nankervis	 	  	 
Colavita/Sutter Home
  Anthony Colby	 	 
  Charles Dionne	 	 
  Davide Frattini	 	 
  Peter Hatton	 	 
  Davide McCann	 	 
  Gustavo Artacho	 	 
  Alejandro Acton	 	 
  Tyler Wren	 	 
Priority Health Cycling Team
  Ben Jacques-Maynes	 	 
  Omer Kem	 	 
  Scott Zwizanski	 	 
  Emile Abraham	 	 
  Garrett Peltonen	 	 
  Brian Sheedy	 	 
  Edward King	 	 
  Richard England

Printable rider start list with race numbers

The New York Times: Why Bicyclists Head to Georgia

April 6 update: Here's nothing you don't already know if you've been following this page and its links, but it's good publicity from the venerable New York Times: Why Bicyclists Head to Georgia. I'll grant the writer kudos for elegance although the use of seven semi-colons in two sentences seems excessive: Over seven days, the tour moves through a landscape of sandstone ridgelines; gushing, rhododendron-lined creeks; blooming dogwoods; and green mountain vistas. Quirky distractions are inextricably linked to stops along the way: Peachtree City, where cars are banned and residents tool around on 85 miles of golf-cart trails; Dalton, home to more than 100 carpet outlet stores; Rock City, where visitors roam through a network of mountaintop caves adorned with glow-in-the-dark gnomes; Stone Mountain, where a laser light show illuminates the faces of Confederate leaders carved into a massive hunk of granite.

Stage timetables are now posted

April 5 update: Route timetables to help spectators determine when and where to catch the peloton at a specific point along the route have now been posted. See the new links in the stage summary table.

TdG is saved by the bell... AT&T calls in with $500,000

April 4 update: From the offices of the Georgia governor comes this timely press release:

ATLANTA — Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that AT&T will contribute $500,000 to become a major sponsor of the Tour de Georgia, which will be held the week of April 16-22.

"I am very pleased that our newest corporate citizen is continuing the long legacy of civic participation established by BellSouth and Cingular Wireless," Governor Perdue said. "I have met with representatives from the new AT&T and remain convinced the company will continue to have a tremendous impact on our state's economy for decades to come."

This year's Tour de Georgia marks the fifth year for the race, and the first year the race has been lengthened from six to seven days. The 2007 Tour de Georgia will cover 667 miles, making it the longest in the history of the event, and the longest professional stage race in the U.S. this year. Previous winners include some of the major stars of the sport, including two previous winners that went on to capture the Tour de France title that same year, Lance Armstrong in 2004 and Floyd Landis in 2006.

"It is an honor to make this contribution to the Tour de Georgia, one of the great international cycling events," said AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Anderson. "AT&T is committed to the state of Georgia and our communities. I believe this event will further showcase to the rest of the world our great state, our people and our culture. I want to thank Governor Perdue and the General Assembly for their leadership and commitment to economic development and tourism, which this great event will certainly contribute." AT&T will be a Founding Partner of the Tour.

The event is still looking for another $500,000 from taxpayers or another corporation(s), according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Some may say the $400,000 contributed by the Georgia Economic Development, holder of the Tour license, is already of enough, but it's only a third of what Missouri Tourism is contributing to the Tour of Missouri. Whenever an event has so many spillover benefits then maybe the State should recognize its role as the major contributor when it's also the major benefactor. At least, until the road firms up.

Tour de Georgia TV highlights will be broadcast on Versus

March 28 update: I failed to post this earlier, but it's been known for awhile that highlights of the Tour de Georgia will be broadcast as part of Versus' Cyclysm Sundays: April 28 @ 5pm ET & April 29 @ 5pm ET. Links to the best live internet coverage, probably text only, will be posted in the event summary table (see right) each day during the event. Find your VERSUS channel number.

15 teams confirmed for the Tour de Georgia

2007 Tour de Georgia Teams
15 teams confirmed...
Team CSC
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
Prodir-Saunier Duval
Quick Step-Innergetic
Tinkoff Credit System
Health Net presented by Maxxis
Team Slipstream presented by Chipotle
Navigators Insurance Professional Cycling Team
Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team
Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
BMC Professional Cycling Team
Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light Team
USA Cycling National Development Team

Printable rider start list with race numbers

March 21 update: The organizers announced the 15 teams that have accepted invites including five ProTour teams: Team CSC, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, Prodir-Saunier Duval, Quick Step-Innergetic and Predictor-Lotto. The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Tinkoff Credit System, Tyler Hamilton's team. Tyler recently completed his first stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico, since his two-year doping suspension ended revealing he has alot of rust to shake off if he is to be a factor in Georgia less than a month away. It will be his first race in the U.S. since 2001. In addition to Tyler Hamilton, other big names confirmed for next month's event include George Hincapie, Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer, 2005 Tour de Georgia winner Tom Danielson and Paris-Nice prologue winner and Top-10 GC finisher, David Miller. Absent from the teams announced were T-Mobile and domestic team Jelly Belly although both teams have the event on their team race calendars.
March 26 update: Apparently, the last two spots came down to Colavita, BMC and Jelly Belly and based on Tour of California performances Colavita and BMC were selected. For Jelly Belly, the decision stings more this week because Jelly Belly's Andrew Bajadali just won the Redlands Classic this past weekend. The USA Cycling National Development Team's link to USA Cycling must give them a special exemption because only two of their eight riders finished the Tour of California and yet they were selected for the Tour de Georgia.

The financial gap has been filled... the event is on

March 15 update: According to Velonews, the event is a go. "Too much sweat equity has gone into this race for it not to happen," said Jim Birrell, managing partner of Medalist Sports the organizer of the Tour de Georgia. "This has been a cornerstone to the calendar. It's important to the state and it's important to the spectators and to the riders," Birrell said, adding that that the race was able to fill its financial gap, believed to be $1 million, through a "collaborative effort on the corporate citizens of Georgia."
March 21 update: The Georgia House approves $1 million in funding for the Tour de Georgia as part of a mid-term budget.
March 28 update: ... but the Senate rejects it. The article by Associated Press called it a "pet project." Senate budget writers stripped all but what Republican leaders consider to be essential items from the state's midyear spending plan, forcing a showdown with their House counterparts.

This year's Tour de Georgia is once again in jeopardy

February 26 update: On the heals of a successful Tour of California, it appears all is not rosy in U.S. cycling. According to the Altanta Business Chronicle, organizers say they have until March 2nd to raise $800,000 and find a title sponsor for the mid-April event. If that goal is not met, Tour de Georgia Chairman Craig Lesser and his board will decide whether to "minimize expenses dramatically" or even ax the popular event altogether. Also see Tour de Georgia hunts for sponsor in the USA Today and this optimstically titled article by the Rome News-Tribune, Tour de Georgia: Race will go on; organizers optimistic about finding title sponsor, that oddly quotes a pessimistic Craig Lesser as saying, "We are at a stage now where I think it would be awfully difficult to expect that someone is going to come in with $1 million," he said. "We are hoping -- with this last-minute plea across the state -- that others who are aware of the economic crunch we are in will step up and help us make this race a reality."

In a November 21st press release (see below), the organizers of this event stated that, "since 2003, the Tour de Georgia has attracted 2.3 million spectators and generated over $121 million in economic impact for the state of Georgia." If this event brings in that much money then why isn't the state stepping forward? With a sales tax rate of 7% for most counties, upwards of $8.4 million from this event has gone to the state since 2003.
March 7 update: "We are very confident in our solution and hope to have a 'green light' announcement soon," said Chris Aronhalt, managing partner of Medalist Sports in Tyrone. "Our apologies for this slight speed bump."

2007 Tour de Georgia course announcement complete with stage profiles and maps

February 15 update: At the end of January, the organizers announced specific course details and it will be a long race. The 2007 Tour de Georgia will cover 667 miles in seven days, making it the longest (total distance) in the five year history of the event, and one of the longest professional stage races in the U.S. this year. The course profile and map links in the stage details table on this page have now been activated. Read more...
Steve, February 15, 2007
Tour de Georgia 2007 Route Map

2007 Tour de Georgia Route Announced

November 21 update: Today, the Tour de Georgia organizers finally announced some concrete details about the 2007 event including the host cities; however, a decent route map, specific roads, stage distances and the name of a title sponsor were missing. Clearly, all efforts have focused on signing the host cities and finding a title sponsor willing to pay the asking price. Although the Tour de Georgia has been a success on the roads, it's had a tough time keeping a title sponsor. Dodge sponsored the event for the first three years and then The Ford Dealers of Georgia stepped in at the last minute earlier this year to pick up the 2006 sponsorship as part of a three-year deal, but abruptly cancelled it in early July probably due to their financial woes. With less than five months to go, there are "Presenting Sponsors", "Founding Partners" and "Official Sponsors" but no title sponsor.

Below, you'll find the enhanced press release from this morning's press conference, but here are the highlights. The event is now one day longer (7 days) which will provide more air time for sponsors and showcase two more host cities. The decisive Brasstown Bald stage is back again, but it will be featured on a Friday instead of Saturday so the organizers must feel the reputation of this stage finish will entice enough fans to take a long weekend. The Saturday prime time spot has been awarded to the new Lake Lanier Islands to Stone Mountain stage in an attempt to diversify the race and fan focus and likely brings in more money. Unfortunately, this stage will not have a mountaintop finish since there is no paved road up Stone Mountain. Lookout Mountain is also back as part of the time trial, but the final technical descent is out and the finish will be at the top... a good change. A planned community (Peachtree City) and a mildly successful resort complex (Lake Lanier Islands) are hosting stages having wooed the organizers with more cash leaving some of the pillars of the event, like Dahlonega, feeling "priced out." Still, the price tag host cities are paying is nothing compared to the what the Tour de France host cities pay and it's important to add new cities to keep the route fresh. Dahlonega has no reason to be bitter. Alpharetta, another pillar of past events but a beauty contest loser this year as well, understands they can't partake every year. Moving the last two days of this year's event to Altanta certainly does make the course easier so it appears compromises have been made for the business and festival aspect of the event. The detailed route won't be determined until the end of January, but it still looks like the stage has been set for another good race. During the race, we'll post links to the best live coverage, results, photos and video and when the official website posts the stage profiles and timetables, we'll link to those as well.
Steve, November 21st, 2006; revised: November 26th

Tour de Georgia's Top Notch Promo Video
ATLANTA, Ga. (November 21, 2006) State parks, national landmarks, classic mountains and the state capital will highlight the route of the fifth annual Tour de Georgia, scheduled April 16 to 22, 2007. The announcement of the 12 Host Venues and overview of the seven stages was unveiled today by sports marketing company Medalist Sports and the event�s Presenting Sponsor, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), the business recruitment and tourism agency for the state.

Expanding its stature from six to seven days, the Tour de Georgia will begin for the first time in its five-year history on a Monday. A full week of professional cycling and community festivals will embark on April 16 from Peachtree City, Ga, located just south of metro Atlanta, and work its way in a clockwise direction around the state of Georgia and include a return to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Highlights of the 600-mile route include a dramatic individual time trial to the top of Lookout Mountain, a return to the epic mountain-top finish on Brasstown Bald Mountain, a stage finish in Stone Mountain Park and a return to downtown Atlanta and Centennial Olympic Park as the Overall Finish.

"Each of these great communities will be able to put its own unique stamp on the event," said Craig Lesser, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Adding an extra day to the Tour de Georgia schedule means more people than ever will have the chance to enjoy the excitement of this international event, and will only enhance the Tour's already strong impact on Georgia's economy."

Of the 12 host venues introduced at the press conference overlooking Centennial Olympic Park from the rooftop of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, three have hosted the Tour for five consecutive years � Dalton, Macon and Rome. Brasstown Bald Mountain will host a stage finish for the fourth consecutive year. Of the eight returning Host Venues, Thomaston and Atlanta have not hosted the Tour since 2004 and 2003, respectively.

The week-long spring tradition will again cover over 600 miles of racing and maintains its stature as a tune-up for the Tour de France on the international cycling calendar. Fifteen professional cycling teams from around the world, each with eight athletes, will be extended special invitations to participate in the 2007 Tour de Georgia. Two UCI ProTour teams have already accepted those invitations, including the Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Team (USA) and Predictor-Lotto (Belgium).

The Tour de Georgia is one of the highest ranked stage races outside of Europe with a 2.HC rating from the Union Cycliste Internationale (international governing body of cycling) and is one of 15 races on the new USA Cycling Professional Tour. The 2006 event included 120 athletes from 24 countries. The final field of world-class teams and athletes is expected to be announced in early 2007.

2007 Brasstown Bald Buster Century

"As we enter our fifth year, we are proud to be part of the Tour de Georgia's growth in international prominence and the significance here in the State of Georgia. The success of Tour de Georgia continues to generate positive value for local communities and the state, excitement for the event spectators, as well as provides a prestigious level of competition for these world-class athletes. In partnership with our host communities and corporate sponsors, we challenge ourselves every year to raise the bar, and the 2007 Tour de Georgia promises to be as exciting as ever." said Chris Aronhalt, Managing Partner for Medalist Sports and the Executive Director for the Tour de Georgia.

Since 2003 the Tour de Georgia has attracted 2.3 million spectators and generated over $121 million in economic impact for the state of Georgia. The event has also raised both awareness and revenue for the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the official beneficiary of the Tour. 2007 will mark the fifth consecutive year for this partnership.

"Cyclists have a lot in common with the Georgia Cancer Coalition. We both work with a team of professionals, setting our sights on an uphill battle, facing twists and turns, with confidence that we will succeed in our quest. The support of the Tour de Georgia and of the communities of fans around the state helps the Coalition on our path to improving cancer care in the state of Georgia, and we are very appreciative of those efforts" said Bill Todd, Coalition President and CEO.

Details for each of the seven stages, including maps, mileage, elevation profiles, and recommended viewing locations, are being planned by Medalist Sports. All information will be posted on the official website. The new website was launched in conjunction with the press conference today, and has information available regarding travel plans to Georgia and host venues, taking a bike tour and volunteering for the event.

Related Info:
Official website
2007 Tour de Georgia slightly easier but longer -- Cyclingnews
Brasstown Bald Profile

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