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April 21/08 3:47 am - Tour de Georgia: Stage 1 report, phots & full results


Posted by Editoress on 04/21/08
 

Tour de Georgia Georgia USA

Photos by Tom Evans and Amy Smolens

Report by Amy Smolens

Prerace chatting with Dominique Rollin of Toyota-United

Amy Smolens: This flat stage might be the perfect stage for you and your Toyota-United team, with Ivan Dominguez.

Dominique Rollin: Hopefully the wind's gonna pick up a little bit more and then we can say we have a good team with 5 sprinters on the team, so hopefully we'll get something going today and hope for the best on the final sprint.

AS: You haven't been racing a whole lot - how have you been preparing for this race?

DR: Yeah, we had some down time in March and then did Redlands two weeks ago. That was a good test to see how my fitness is coming into Georgia and from there it was just a matter of getting a last couple of good rides and some rest.

AS: How important is this race for Olympic selection for you?

DR: I don't know (laughs!!!) It's important, it's the second biggest race in North America after (the Amgen Tour of) California and it's just a way to prove that I am still up there, good fitness, and hopefully get something else as good as (his stage win in) California this week.


Postrace, I walked up to where the victorious Toyota-United team was cooling down after having helped Ivan Dominguez to the stage win and the 2008 Tour de Georgia's first Yellow Jersey. Veteran director Len Pettyjohn tapped me on the shoulder to get my attention and let me know that Dominique had done a great job, dropping Dominguez off with two hundred meters to go so the Cuban could sprint around him for victory.

AS: So Len tells me that you did your job really well today!

DR: Yeah, the entire Toyota-United team today did extremely well, covering every move. Ivan Stevic got in the good move early... It came down to a sprint with the big ProTour teams bringing the break back. We knew that Ivan (Dominguez) felt good and we had Ben Day, Henk Vogels and myself lined up to bring Ivan, and we set up a perfect leadout and he got the win.

AS: Does today's teamwork give you confidence to hold onto the jersey tomorrow?

DR: Yeah, for sure the team is looking to keep the jersey as long as we can but it's not our main priority because we know there are bigger stages coming up. We have three GC riders but at the moment in the flat stages we're just focusing on stage wins and we'll see Friday after the first hard day (Stage 5, Suwanee to Dahlonega, 133.4 miles) what our plan for the GC is.


Symmetrics' Christian Meier had been in the 6-man break that had built a lead of just over one minute. Had the break stayed away, the 23-year-old New Brunswick native could have been looking at wearing the Best Young Rider's Jersey. He even picked up a 3-second time bonus along the way. But once the ProTour teams decided to chase in earnest the break was doomed, and the flat stage finished in the anticipated field sprint.

AS: Talk about the dynamics of the break you were in.

Christian Meier: It was good. Everybody was willing to roll and it went really well, because six guys is a good number. Yeah, we had a pretty good gap and then with about 15k to go (Jelly Belly's Bernard) Van Ulden decided he wanted to start attacking so after that the dynamic kind of lost it a little bit. And then after that when they started chasing, we got caught probably with about 8k, 7k to go. I mean I just went for that intermediate sprint to try to get the Young Rider's Jersey - I guess I came up a little bit short, with (Jelly Belly's Nic) Sanderson in the sprint (2nd on the day.)

AS: What's the feeling being out here in a race like this with such a strong field?

CM: Oh, it's good. I mean, I've done a bit of racing in Europe so I've done some pretty good races. I mean the ProTour guys are obviously good and the depth of this race is really deep, it's a strong field all-around, there's not really one team that's that much below the rest. So it's very hard, it's fast racing, so that's good, that's what our team's good at so it's good for us so far.

And with that, Team Symmetrics proved that there's no rest for the weary, as they hopped on their bikes to ride back to their hotel in Tybee Island.

Report by Tour de Georgia

Ivan Dominguez (CUB) of Toyota-United Pro Cycling surged past a frantic peloton to capture Stage One of the Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T. Thousands of fans lined the streets near Savannah’s historic district to watch Dominguez hold off Nicholas Sanderson (AUS) of Jelly Belly, who came in second place, and Robert Forster (GER) of Gerolsteiner, who finished third. Second and third places were determined by a photo finish.

“50 meters to go, I look to my arms and the guys were the same distance behind and I was like, ‘I guess no one is going to pass’, but you still have to go all the way to the finish,” said Dominguez, a sprint specialist who finished second three times at the 2004 Tour de Georgia and wore the Yellow Jersey for one day that year.


With less than one kilometer remaining in the race, teams feverishly worked to put their top sprinters in position for victory. Several teams, including Team High Road and Rock Racing, took turns at the front of the pack before Dominguez and his teammates made their final push.
For his victory today, Dominguez will wear the AT&T Overall Leader jersey in Stage Two. While he also won the Maxxis Sprint Leader jersey, the sprint jersey will be worn Greg Henderson (NZL) of Team High Road for Stage Two, who finished second in the sprint competition. Scott Nydam (USA) of BMC Racing will wear the Georgia Lottery Most Aggressive Rider Jersey while Sanderson, today’s second place finisher, will wear the GE Best Young Rider jersey, as the best rider under 25 years of age.

The Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T started with 119 professional riders at the line in Tybee Island, an island municipality and new Tour stage site located 18 miles east of Savannah. The serene waves of the Atlantic Ocean served as a picturesque backdrop for the Tour’s first battle. Riders were pushed by a slight tailwind as they departed from Tybee Island and were met with a steady headwind going into Stage One’s final sprint in Savannah.

“Leaving Tybee Island, it was a beautiful start,” said Nydam. “The last time we were on the coast (California) I think I was spent seven hours in hypothermia so this time was a lot more pleasurable.”

Stage Two will depart Tuesday from Statesboro at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to finish between 3:15 and 4:25 p.m. in Augusta. This 115.7 mile (186.2 km) course will head north along southeastern corner of the state and include Georgia Power Sprint lines in Millen/Jenkins County and Sardis/Burke County, GA and the first official climb of the week, a United Community Bank King of the Mountain (KOM) competition in North Augusta. The race will take cyclists into South Carolina, a Tour de Georgia first, before culminating with a circuit finish in downtown Augusta. The Health & Wellness Expo will be open 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. in downtown between Broad and Reynolds streets.

Stage 1: Tybee Island to Savannah, 113.3km
1. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United2:30:18
2. Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly
3. Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
4. Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
5. Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Marco Polo Cycling
6. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC
7. Bradley McGee (Aus) Team CSC
8. Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road
9. Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana
10. Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis
11. Cody Stevenson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Coffee
12. Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly
13. Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC
14. Oscar Sevilla (Esp) Rock Racing
15. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-United
16. Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota-United
17. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Jittery Joe's Coffee
18. Christopher Horner (USA) Astana
19. Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road
20. Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1
21. Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana
22. Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC
23. Kayle Leo Grande (USA) Rock Racing
24. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly
25. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
26. Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
27. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics
28. Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
29. Antonio Colom (Esp) Astana
30. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
31. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
32. Leon Van Bon (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling
33. Moises Aldape (Mex) Team Type 1
34. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics
35. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
36. Thomas Danielson (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
37. Timothy Duggan (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
38. Michael Schar (Sui) Astana
39. Benjamin Day (Aus) Toyota-United
40. Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC
41. Francois Parisien (Can) Symmetrics
42. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team High Road
43. Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team High Road
44. George Hincapie (USA) Team High Road
45. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC
46. Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1
47. David Galvin (USA) BMC
48. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics
49. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
50. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing
51. Tyler Hamilton (USA) Rock Racing
52. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics
53. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics
54. Santiago Botero (Col) Rock Racing
55. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics
56. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
57. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Rock Racing
58. Jared Barrilleaux (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
59. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly
60. Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
61. Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
62. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team High Road
63. Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
64. Fuyu Li (Chn) Marco Polo Cycling
65. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC
66. Trent Lowe (Aus) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
67. Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC
68. Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC
69. Mike Sayers (USA) BMC
70. Yilin Liu (Chn) Marco Polo Cycling
71. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner
72. Michael Lange (USA) Jelly Belly
73. Ben Jaques Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
74. Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1
75. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG) Team CSC
76. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
77. Matthew Crane (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
78. Jose Luis Rubiera (Esp) Astana
79. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
80. Lasse Bochman (Den) Team CSC
81. Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
82. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics
83. Yan Dong Xing (Chn) Marco Polo Cycling
84. Stephan Schreck (Ger) Gerolsteiner
85. Rhys Pollock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling
86. Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
87. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's Coffee
88. David Zabriskie (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
89. Barry Aaron Barry (NZl) Jelly Belly
90. Corey Collier (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
91. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana
92. Lucas Euser (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30
93. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
94. Matt Cooke (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
95. Glen Chadwick (NZl) Team Type 1
96. Inigo Cuesta (Esp) Team CSC
97. Aaron Olson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
98. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United
99. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
100. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United
101. Frank Pipp (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
102. Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota-United
103. Ian Macgregor (USA) Team Type 1
104. Ryan Sullivan (Aus) Jittery Joe's Coffee
105. Jai Crawford (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling
106. Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner
107. Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1
108. Ivan Stevic (SRB) Toyota-United
109. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing
110. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly
111. Craig Lewis (USA) Team High Road
112. Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Rock Racing
113. Bryce Mead (USA) Jelly Belly
114. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis
115. Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner
116. Loh Sea Keong (MAS) Marco Polo Cyclingall s.t
117. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner0:33
118. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:48
119. Tyler Farrar (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle p/b H30


 


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