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April 19/07 10:05 am - Tour de Georgia: Stage 4 report, results & photos


Posted by Editoress on 04/19/07
 

Tour de Georgia Georgia USA

Coverage sponsored by: Maxxis

Photos by Jonathan Devich

Report by Amy Smolens


Today's stage was bound to be a sufferfest for most of the 113 riders who would start the 18.9 mile time trial. Before the race as I was driving the picturesque, yet sure to be painful, time trial course it was lined with fans. These fans are pretty smart - most of them were on the steep parts of the climbs so they could maximize their viewing of pro racers suffering - I even spotted guy in a jersey featuring a Maple Leaf! The crowds cheered their favourites on as they climbed their way from Chickamauga, Georgia to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

HealthNet's Ryder Hesjedal finished a very respectable 13th, 2:52 behind winner Levi Leipheimer, and I talked to him about his day:

AS: Tell me about the course.

RH: "It was ok. It was pretty hard, pretty windy and pretty straightforward in the first half to the main climb, then up that. Then once you were up on that plateau it was pretty windy up there, hard, kind of rolling terrain and a technical finish. So it was pretty hard, I had to be on it the whole time."

AS: 13th place against a star-studded field with guys like David Millar - are you satisfied with that result?

RH: "It was ok. I kind of had a little bit of a weird one. I did a pretty hard effort right from the beginning and then Levi who's started a minute behind me, caught me at the start of the climb. Normally that's a little discouraging but then I realized he was probably gonna be going a couple minutes faster than most, so I decided to go probably a bit too hard but I wanted to give an all-or-nothing ride and actually stayed with him the whole climb and really fought pretty hard in the first part of the top section, was holding him at probably about 20-30 seconds meaning I was about a minute and a half off the pace about halfway. And then at that point I just kinda, I don't know, I just kinda lost the fight and wasn't really super happy with the last 10k. Cause, you know, I wasn't defending a GC position and I could sense that I obviously wasn't gonna be running a top 5 type time trial position so you just have to have a certain sort of morale to really go that extra bit and looking ahead in the week now it's kind of an open race and I think just mentally I just kinda held back a bit and conceded myself in the last 10k and maybe gave up a little more time than I could have in normal circumstances. But all in all I think the result's solid but I think I probably could have given a bit more."

AS: HealthNet has 2 riders in the Top 10 - Jeff Louder in 4th and Tim Johnson in 8th - what are the team's goals and expectations tomorrow on the stage to Brasstown Bald and what can you do to help them?

RH: "Well we have quite an elaborate plan and I'm probably gonna hold those cards close to the chest right now. It's gonna be an important day so we'll just let things unfold and at the end of the day we can see how the plan went. There's not too much to talk about at the moment. (laughs.)"

AS: Yeah, that's true, what if the other teams read Canadian Cyclist, right?

RH: "(Laughs) Yeah. I haven't done it (the climb to Brasstown Bald) before. It's just the dynamic of the race is so unusual at the moment that I think anything can happen besides the GC fight and the GC fight's gonna be pretty tight so all in all it's just gonna be an epic day."

Guess who I ran into at the finish line after the race was over? Yup, the guy with the Maple Leaf jersey. I figured I'd ask him a few questions and find out his story. He was very excited to know that CanadianCyclist.com had a presence here at the Tour de Georgia and was, of course, happy to answer my questions:

AS: What's your name is and where are you from?

TO: "I'm Tom Omstead from Canmore, Alberta."

AS: What are you doing here from Canmore?

TO: "From Canmore I spent a little time in Ontario and then came down with some friends from the Leamington/Kingsville area of Ontario."

AS: So you're here just to watch the Tour de Georgia?

TO: "Yes we are. We just took some time off and are down here, we're riding the courses and watching the event and having a good time."

AS: Have you spoken to or gotten any pictures of Ryder Hesjedal or Charles Dionne?

TO: "Yeah, we've said hi to them and gotten some good photos, having a good time, eating some grits, some southern fried chicken, just having a blast."

AS: How much of the courses have you ridden?

TO: "Oh, I've ridden quite a bit. I do Ironman so I have to train quite a bit for that... We rode today's course and did a little time trial ourselves and we went back down to the midway point where it's really grueling because it's an uphill ride and we watched it from there. Saw the guys come by individually and at that point they're going pretty slow so you get a good look at them."

AS: Are you going to ride Brasstown Bald tomorrow?

TO: "Yes we are. We're going to ride up and down and up it again! So that's going to be a good one!"

Stage 4: Chickamauga to Lookout Mountain ITT, 30.4 km
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team44:51
2. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSCat 0:41
3. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis1:18
4. Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team1:31
5. Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto1:41
6. David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir1:47
7 Danny Pate (USA) Team Slipstream1:55
8. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team2:15
9. Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team2:20
10. Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team2:28
11. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team2:37
12. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC2:49
13. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis2:52
14. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis2:54
15. Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Slipstream3:03
16. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light3:04
17 Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team3:11
18. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team CSC3:13
19. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC3:29
20. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell3:31
21. Hubert Schwab (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic3:36
22. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team3:39
23. Glen Alan Chadwick (NZl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Teams.t.
24. Jason Donald (USA) Team Slipstream3:48
25. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir3:50
26. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval - Prodir3:59
27 Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team4:05
28. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC4:08
29. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Slipstream4:10
30. Craig Lewis (USA) Team Slipstream
31. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Teamboth s.t.
32. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team4:14
33. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team4:15
34. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team4:20
35. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team4:36
36. Jeffry Louder (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis4:57
37 David Mccann (Irl) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light4:58
38. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxiss.t.
39. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval - Prodir5:02
40. Ivan Stevic (SCG) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team5:03
41. Tyler Hamilton (USA) Tinkoff Credit Systems5:07
42. Christophe Brandt (Bel) Predictor-Lotto5:13
43. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team5:16
44. Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team5:17
45. Adam Bergman (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light5:37
46. Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team5:40
47 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team5:42
48. Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissells.t.
49. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team5:43
50. Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir5:55
51. Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxiss.t.
52. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems5:57
53. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell5:58
54. Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Slipstream5:59
55. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic6:04
56. Richard England (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell6:08
57 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic6:09
58. Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team6:17
59. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team6:18
60. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team6:24
61. Ian McKissick (USA) BMC Racing Teams.t.
62. Nick Reistad (USA) USA National Development Team6:35
63. Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team6:39
64. Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems6:40
65. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis6:43
66. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team6:44
67 John Devine (USA) USA National Development Team6:45
68. Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval - Prodir6:46
69. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team
70. Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
71. Charles Dionne (Can) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light6:55
72. Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic6:57
73. Michael Lange (USA) Team Slipstream6:59
74. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic7:00
75. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team7:02
76. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Predictor-Lotto7:13
77 Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor-Lotto7:14
78. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team7:15
79. Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Teams.t.
80. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems7:21
81. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor-Lottos.t.
82. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light7:24
83. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team7:26
84. Eric Keim (USA) USA National Development Team7:27
85. Scott Moninger (USA) BMC Racing Team7:30
86. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell7:32
87 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lotto7:37
88. Ivan Santaromita (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic7:41
89. Lucas Euser (USA) Team Slipstream7:44
90. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light7:47
91. Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC8:01
92. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis8:07
93. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems8:10
94. Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team8:12
95. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissells.t.
96. Brian Dziewa (USA) USA National Development Team8:40
97 Cody Stevenson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team8:43
98. Peter Hatton (Aus) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light8:50
99. Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic8:52
100. Sheldon Deeny (USA) USA National Development Team8:57
101. Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC8:59
102. Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) BMC Racing Team9:04
103. Omer Kem (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell9:05
104. Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto9:06
105. Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC9:13
106. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor-Lotto9:16
107 Steffen Weigold (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems9:35
108. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light9:59
109. Emile Abraham (Tri) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell10:03
110. Chad Beyer (USA) USA National Development Team10:30
111. Eric Riggs (USA) USA National Development Team10:37
112. Caleb Fairly (USA) USA National Development Team10:59
OTL
113. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team15:26
DNS Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
GC
1. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team14.21.52
2. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSCat 0:12
3. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval - Prodir1:22
4. Jeffry Louder (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis2:20
5. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval - Prodir2:22
6. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic3:32
7 Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team4:27
8. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis5:09
9. Lucas Euser (USA) Team Slipstream7:26
10. Ivan Santaromita (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic8:58
11. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light9:04
12. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team10:53
13. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team26:26
14. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC27:07
15. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis27:47
16. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team27:57
17 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto28:10
18. Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team28:13
19. David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir28:16
20. Danny Pate (USA) Team Slipstream28:24
21. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team28:41
22. Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team29:09
23. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis29:18
24. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis29:20
25. Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light29:33
26. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team29:40
27 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Slipstream29:52
28. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC29:58
29. Hubert Schwab (Sui) Quick Step - Innergetic30:05
30. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team30:08
31. Jason Donald (USA) Team Slipstream30:14
32. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir30:19
33. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team CSC30:24
34. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team30:34
35. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Slipstream30:39
36. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell
37 Craig Lewis (USA) Team Slipstream
38. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Teamboth s.t.
39. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team30:41
40. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team30:43
41. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team31:05
42. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team31:09
43. Ivan Stevic (SCG) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team31:17
44. David Mccann (Irl) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light31:27
45. Tyler Hamilton (USA) Tinkoff Credit Systems31:36
46. Christophe Brandt (Bel) Predictor-Lotto31:42
47 Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team31:46
48. Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell32:11
49. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team32:12
50. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis32:19
51. Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir32:24
52. Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis
53. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems32:26
54. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems32:28
55. Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Slipstream
56. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic32:32
57 Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team32:47
58. Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team32:51
59. Ian McKissick (USA) BMC Racing Team32:53
60. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team33.00
61. John Devine (USA) USA National Development Team33:14
62. Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval - Prodir33:15
63. Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
64. Glen Alan Chadwick (NZl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team33:17
65. Charles Dionne (Can) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light33:21
66. Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic33:23
67 Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team33:28
68. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic33:29
69. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Predictor-Lotto33:35
70. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team
71. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team33:40
72. Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor-Lotto33:43
73. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor-Lotto33:50
74. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC33:52
75. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team33:55
76. Scott Moninger (USA) BMC Racing Team33:59
77 Michael Lange (USA) Team Slipstream34:07
78. J. J. Haedo (Arg) Team CSC34:21
79. Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lotto34:35
80. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems34:39
81. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light34:42
82. Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team35:10
83. Peter Hatton (Aus) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light35:19
84. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis35:25
85. Sheldon Deeny (USA) USA National Development Team35:26
86. Eric Keim (USA) USA National Development Team35:34
87 Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) BMC Racing Team36:02
88. Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team36:11
89. Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto36:17
90. Cody Stevenson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team36:21
91. Emile Abraham (Tri) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell36:30
92. Adam Bergman (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light36:34
93. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light36:48
94. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell37:29
95. Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team37:53
96. Chad Beyer (USA) USA National Development Team38:10
97 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic38:36
98. Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC38:53
99. Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC39:07
100. Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems39:10
101. Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team39:12
102. Steffen Weigold (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems39:19
103. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team39:42
104. Eric Riggs (USA) USA National Development Team39:52
105. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell40:29
106. Richard England (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell40:49
107 Nick Reistad (USA) USA National Development Team41:22
108. Brian Dziewa (USA) USA National Development Team41:43
109. Omer Kem (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell44:32
110. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor-Lotto46:23
111. Caleb Fairly (USA) USA National Development Team46:26
112. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team presented by Bissell46:33


 


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