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April 18/07 11:33 am - Tour de Georgia: Stage 3 report, results & photos


Posted by Editoress on 04/18/07
 

Tour de Georgia Georgia USA

Coverage sponsored by: Maxxis

Photos by Jonathan Devich

Report by Amy Smolens

Prerace I was wandering around the parking lot of Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. I caught up with Charles Dionne relaxing by the Colavita/Sutter Home van. Sprinters do everything fast, including leaving after races, so I figured I had better take this opportunity to ask him a few questions:

AS: You zip out so quickly after the stages that I keep missing you - how have you felt so far here at the Tour de Georgia?

CD: "Well, the first stage was kind of hard, that circuit there. Yesterday was better so it was a good day and I think today's gonna be a hard day. We'll see how it goes."

AS: You've been up at the front and yesterday did real well, finishing 7th. How much confidence does it give you for these next three stages, which will be pretty difficult?

CD: "Well, it gives a lot of confidence, I'm really happy, I think it's the best race for me this year and hopefully motivates all the troops, the Colavita guys, put confidence into them, and we build from there. But today there's gonna be a lot of suffering in the mountains and hopefully I can pass all the mountains and be there in the final again."

Well he was sort of right. There was a lot of suffering in the mountains, but the peloton did their suffering slowly. They dragged in 29:07 behind stage winner Gianni Meersman. To the surprise of most observers and prognosticators, the Yellow Jersey changed hands from Tinkoff's Italian Daniele Contrini to Saunier Duval-Prodir's Spaniard David Cañada, and therefore I needed to switch my brain over from Italian to Spanish.

The new leader's name is "Cañada" I decided that was reason enough to post an interview on Canadian Cyclist - let's call it Cañadian Cyclist for today:

AS: When you woke up this morning you were 1:19 behind Daniele Contrini - did you think you'd have the chance to wear the Yellow Jersey today?

DC: "No, when the day began I never even thought of it."

AS: When the attack went out did you think you had a chance to stay away for the whole stage?

DC: "At the beginning I didn't think we'd be fast enough. But later I saw that we were very strong and kept gaining minutes, yes, I thought it would be very easy to stay away."

AS: Tomorrow is the time trial to Lookout Mountain. Do you think that you can hold on to the Yellow Jersey?

DC:
"I don't know. When I'm on form, yes. Now I am feeling good but I got the Jersey thanks to the escape. I know that there are racers stronger than I... I think the race will be decided in the time trial tomorrow and above all in the climb (Brasstown Bald) Friday."

AS: Was does it mean to wear the Yellow Jersey in a race like this?

DC:
"The Yellow Jersey is very important, very beautiful. It's always makes me happy to wear the Yellow Jersey. In a race like this, like the Tour de France or it means that you are fast and you are a good rider."

AS: What do you think of racing in North America?

DC:
"I was here two years ago and it's an experience I'm happy to repeat. I like the race a lot, the roads, the fans, the atmosphere, are very, very good."

AS: I am also doing this interview for a website in Canada - since your name is "Cañada" what do you have to say to the Canadian people?

DC:
"In Spanish my name the "n" has a tilde. The meaning of the word "cañada" is the place where animals walk when they go by a river (note: a gully or a cattle/sheep track.) But when I am outside Spain everyone always says "Canada" as if it were the country."

Not long after that compelling and informative interview I saw Victoria's Mike Shea, also known here at the Tour de Georgia as "Comm 1," walking back to his car with Comms 2, 3 and 4, so I figured I'd ask him a few questions:

AS: Talk about what you are doing here at the Tour de Georgia.

MS: "I've been invited by the UCI to be the president, or the chief official of this race. I guess my job here is to make sure the sporting regulations are followed as close as we can and within some reason and discretion of UCI regulations."

AS: So you're the boss of these three people who are walking ahead of you here (Andy McCord, Matt Moses and Dot Abbott?)

MS:
"It's a college so we do things as a group, so I guess that doesn't make me their boss but it does make me the manager."

AS: What other international events have you worked at?

MS:
"This is my second trip to Georgia, but I've been Chief of the Tour of California, I've been to the Peace Race, Redlands, a lot of races in the U.S., Philadelphia, U.S. Pro, the World Championships, Asian Games, a couple of Commonwealth Games, just to name a few."

AS: What's the toughest regulation you've had to deal with here?

MS:
"We've had some driving infractions, but that's been pretty much it. The managers have been behaving themselves - yeah, that's pretty much it."

AS: No one going to the bathroom at the side of the road?

MS:
"Well fortunately the riders have been respecting the local custom and finding nice, discreet places to attend to their natural needs."

AS: You weren't Comm 1 at the Tour of California when they made "the Santa Rosa ruling," were you?

MS:
"Fortunately I was at home in Victoria."

AS: Is there a challenge with a stage like Brasstown Bald, a complicated stage with small roads?

MS:
"Certainly any time we have a narrow road and a lot of climbing it definitely gets difficult when they all spread out. Fortunately today the peloton pretty much worked as a single unit, they were very easy to officiate today."

AS: As the quality of the riders gets higher with ProTour racers over here does that make your job in some ways easier?

MS:
"Yeah, because we don't lose the riders for the little things. The sprinters can climb pretty well, it's not until they really put the gas on that it makes that much difference. We are seeing an uplifting of the level of all riders."

Stage 3: Rome to Chattanooga, TN , 190.2km
1. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team4:33:18
2. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval - Prodirat 0:01
3. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
4. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC
5. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic
6. Jeffrey Louder (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis
7. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team
8. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval - Prodir
9. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis2:20
10. Lucas Euser (USA) Team Slipstream
11. Ivan Santaromita (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic3:35
12. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
13. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team5:05
14. Nick Reistad (USA) USA National Development Team29:07
15. Chad Beyer (USA) USA National Development Team
16. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
17. Charles Dionne (Can) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
18. John Devine (USA) USA National Development Team
19. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
20. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Predictor-Lotto
21. Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) BMC Racing Team
22. Steffen Weigold (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems
23. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
24. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
25. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team
26. Tyler Hamilton (USA) Tinkoff Credit Systems
27. Craig Lewis (USA) Team Slipstream
28. Emile Abraham (Tri) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
29. Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
30. Sheldon Deeny (USA) USA National Development Team
31. Christophe Brandt (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
32. Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
33. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
34. Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
35. Eric Riggs (USA) USA National Development Team
36. Richard England (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
37. Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
38. Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval - Prodir
39. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
40. Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
41. David McCann (Irl) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
42. Cody Stevenson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
43. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
44. Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
45. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis
46. Ian Mckissick (USA) BMC Racing Team
47. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
48. Scott Moninger (USA) BMC Racing Team
49. Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team
50. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
51. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
52. Hubert Schwab (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic
53. Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
54. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
55. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
56. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis
57. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC
58. Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC
59. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
60. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team CSC
61. Ivan Stevic (SCG) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
62. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic
63. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
64. Omer Kem (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
65. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
66. Peter Hatton (Aus) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
67. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
68. Danny Pate (USA) Team Slipstream
69. Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
70. Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
71. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
72. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
73. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
74. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
75. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
76. Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Slipstream
77. Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC
78. Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Slipstream
79. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
80. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
81. Adam Bergman (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
82. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor-Lotto
83. Michael Lange (USA) Team Slipstream
84. Jason Donald (USA) Team Slipstream
85. Eric Keim (USA) USA National Development Team
86. Brian Dziewa (USA) USA National Development Team
87. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Slipstream
88. Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
89. David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir
90. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
91. Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
92. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team
93. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
94. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
95. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC
96. Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
97. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
98. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
99. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
100. Glen Alan Chadwick (NZl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
101. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
102. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
103. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
104. Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
105. Caleb Fairly (USA) USA National Development Team
106. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
107. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
108. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
109. Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto
110. Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
111. Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
112. Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
113. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis
114. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
GC
1. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval - Prodir13:34:21
2. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval - Prodirat 0:03
3. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC
4. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
5. Jeffrey Louder (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis
6. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step - Innergeticall s.t.
7. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team0:23
8. Lucas Euser (USA) Team Slipstream2:22
9. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis2:51
10. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light3:57
11. Ivan Santaromita (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetics.t.
12. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team5:23
13. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team6:31
14. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems27:47
15. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis28:16
16. Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team28:25
17. Ivan Stevic (SCG) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team28:54
18. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC29:00
19. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Predictor-Lotto29:02
20. Charles Dionne (Can) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light29:06
21. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
22. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
23. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis
24. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC
25. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
26. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
27. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
28. Jason Donald (USA) Team Slipstream
29. Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step - Innergeticall s.t.
30. Emile Abraham (Tri) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell29:07
31. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic29:08
32. John Devine (USA) USA National Development Team29:09
33. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
34. Christophe Brandt (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
35. Tyler Hamilton (USA) Tinkoff Credit Systems
36. Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
37. Hubert Schwab (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic
38. Craig Lewis (USA) Team Slipstream
39. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
40. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
41. Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval - Prodir
42. Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
43. Sheldon Deeny (USA) USA National Development Team
44. Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
45. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
46. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
47. Danny Pate (USA) Team Slipstream
48. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
49. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
50. Scott Moninger (USA) BMC Racing Team
51. Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
52. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic
53. Peter Hatton (Aus) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
54. David McCann (Irl) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
55. David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir
56. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
57. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
58. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Slipstream
59. Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
60. Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
61. Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Slipstream
62. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team
63. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
64. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor-Lotto
65. Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
66. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
67. Ian Mckissick (USA) BMC Racing Team
68. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
69. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
70. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Teamall s.t.
71. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team29:29
72. Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
73. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
74. Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Slipstream
75. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
76. Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Teamall s.t.
77. Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) BMC Racing Team29:38
78. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lottos.t.
79. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell29:48
80. Michael Lange (USA) Team Slipstreams.t.
81. Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team29:51
82. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team CSC
83. Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto
84. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team29:56
85. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team29:58
86. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
87. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxisboth s.t.
88. Cody Stevenson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team30:18
89. Chad Beyer (USA) USA National Development Team30:20
90. Eric Keim (USA) USA National Development Team30:47
91. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team31:02
92. Eric Riggs (USA) USA National Development Team31:55
93. Glen Alan Chadwick (NZl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team32:18
94. Steffen Weigold (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems32:24
95. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
96. Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step - Innergeticboth s.t.
97. Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC32:34
98. Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC
99. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
100. Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Teamall s.t.
101. Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team33.18
102. Adam Bergman (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light33.37
103. Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team33.40
104. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell34.11
105. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team35.07
106. Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems35.10
107. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell35.37
108. Brian Dziewa (USA) USA National Development Team35.43
109. Richard England (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell37.21
110. Nick Reistad (USA) USA National Development Team37:27
111. Omer Kem (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell38:07
112. Caleb Fairly (USA) USA National Development Teams.t.
113. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor-Lotto39:47
114. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell41:01
Sprint GC
1. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems23pts
2. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team15
3. Ivan Stevic (SCG) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team15
4. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC14
5. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval - Prodir14
17. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis7
24. Charles Dionne (Can) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light4
Mountains GC
1. Jeffry Louder (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis12pts
2. Lucas Euser (USA) Team Slipstream9
3. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic8
4. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval - Prodir7
5. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis6
11. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis2
Best young rider GC
1. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team13:34:24
2. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step - Innergeticat s.t.
3. Lucas Euser (USA) Team Slipstream2:19
4. Ivan Santaromita (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic3:54
5. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team6:28
Team GC
1. Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team41:12:08
2. Prodir-Saunier Duvalat 0:07
3. The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis1:37
4. Quick Step-Innergetic3:41
5. Team CSC29:10
6. BMC Racing Team29:16
7. Team Slipstream Powered by Chipotle31:32
8. Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light Team32:47
9. Navigators Insurance Cycling Team33:38
10. Tinkoff Credit Systems57:15
11. Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team58:17
12. Predictor-Lotto58:19
13. Jittery Joe's58:22
14. Priority Health Cycling Team Presented by Bissell59:01
15. USA Cycling National Development Team59:33


 


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