Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tour of Georgia News

Time to plan your next vacation? What about Georgia in April? It is beautiful and some of the finest riders in the world will be there to take on the Tour of Georgia.

"The race plans to invite fifteen teams from around the world, including defending champion Tom Danielson's Discovery Channel team, Floyd Landis and Phonak, Bobby Julich and Team CSC, Levi Leipheimer and Team Gerolsteiner as well as other UCI international and continental teams."

Tour of Georgia stages announcement:

Stage 1 - Tuesday, April 18: Augusta - Macon
Stage 2 - Wednesday, April 19: Fayetteville - Rome
Stage 3 - Thursday, April 20: Chickamauga - Chattanooga, Tenn ITT
Stage 4 - Friday, April 21: Dalton - Dahlonega
Stage 5 - Saturday, April 22: Blairsville - Brasstown Bald Mountain
Stage 6 - Sunday, April 23: Cumming - Alpharetta

Dodge dropped its sponsorship of the Tour this year. The Tour organizers have not announced the new sponsor although acc to Cycling News the announcement is close. the organizers got a little lazy this year (apparently) because the race is essentially the same as previous years, staying in the North-Central areas of Georgia. One difference is a finish in Chattanooga- which is cool. Even the Tour de France finishes in different countries a few times. The Georgia stage race will be exciting, dont be fooled by the alleged laziness of the organizers. Riders know they have to be prepared for the brutal mountain stages and the wacky weather. I cant wait!

So you say, 'I would love to have a race in Charlottesville' well there is the Jefferson Cup in March sponsored by the Charlottesville Racing Club (who is sponsored by Extreme Sports). Jeff Cup is a great road race in Albemarle County that kicks off (to me anyway) the great road racing season in the Mid-Atlantic region).

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