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April 22/04 2:54 am - Tour de Georgia: Stage 3 Story and Full Results

Posted by Editoress on 04/22/04

Tour de Georgia Georgia, USA

This report made possible by Human Kinetics Publishers

Stage 3: Carrollton to Rome, 126.2 km

Lance Armstrong wowed the partisan crowd in Rome Georgia with a totally unexpected win against the sprinters in stage 3. Ivan Dominguez (Colavita-Bolla Wines) took his third consecutive second place, and moved into the leader's jersey, while Mark Walters moved into the Climbers Jersey.

The 125 kilometre stage was expected to be a fairly easy ride, because the important time trial is set for this afternoon. The peloton rolled into Rome, over near the Alabama border altogether, and finished off with three laps of a downtown circuit, which was much tougher than expected. The kicker was a short steep climb of 13% next to a Confederate era clock tower, which the riders had to struggle up 4 times. The first time, as they entered the circuit the climb counted as the KoM of the day, and Walters managed to take second behind Will Frischkorn (Colavita-Bolla Wines). This, combined with his first and second in yesterday's KoMs put him in the Climbers Jersey. "I'm not a pure climber, and certainly not in Armstrong's class, so I don't expect to be in it after tomorrow! Our plan was just to try and grab it while we can."

This was definitely not a finish that suited the sprinters (with the exception of Dominguez, who is turning out to be the revelation of the race). However, Armstrong was not expected to be at the front, so it was a complete surprise when he burst through in the final 200 metres. He started much later than the others contesting the win. His team mate George Hincapie attacked hard down the left, with Dominguez to his right and Ben Brooks (Jelly Belly-Aramark) across the other side of the road. Then, another Postal blue jersey appeared to the right of Dominguez, coming up fast. Hincapie looked over, and appeared to hesitate. Did he back off or run out of steam? We'll probably never know.

"No, there was no plan to win this stage" said Armstrong afterwards. We knew the circuit would be hard, but didn't come in with a plan to win. It (the circuit) was harder than anyone anticipated. Chris (Horner - Webcor) and Bobby (Julich - CSC) were at the front marking each other, and George brought me up. I found the right wheel and found myself coming around (the front)."

Armstrong did admit that his win, which moved him into fourth with the time bonus, had the benefit of allowing him to start behind major rivals Horner and Julich. "The biggest benefit is more rest. If you can move up 20 places, you gain an extra 30-40 minutes of rest before the stage. That's important, because this morning's stage was longer than we usually have in these circumstances. Usually it is 50 to 60 miles, and this was over 75 miles."

Race News

- Armstrong and some of his team mates were assessed a cash penalty for drafting their team vehicle after Armstrong's flat in yesterday's stage. Armstrong commented today to television crews "This is the first time in my life that I've seen that rule. If that is a UCI rule, it's the first time it has ever been enforced. You always come up through the cars. I guess this commissaire is a pioneer." The commissaire is B.C.'s Wayne Pomario...

Editor's Note: By the way, if you check the photos from yesterday (when I was on a moto), you will see that Armstrong and his team mates blatantly drafted their vehicle for at least a kilometre and a half.

1. Lance Armstrong (USA) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor, 2:41.42
2. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Colavita Olive Oil
3. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly
4. George Hincapie (USA) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
5. Mori Massimiliano (Ita) Domina Vacanze
6. Bobby Julich (USA) CSC
7. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Sierra Nevada
8. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Jelly Belly
9. Chris Horner (USA) Webcor
10. Charles Dionne (Can) Webcor
11. Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis

12. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance
13. Glen Mitchell (NZl) Sierra Nevada
14. David Clinger (USA) Domina Vacanze
15. Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC
16. Ivan Ravaioli (Ita) Team Barloworld
17. John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
18. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Navigators Insurance
19. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
20. Tim Larkin (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
21. Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Saeco-Prodir-Saunier Duval
22. Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
23. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Domina Vacanze
24. Nieko Biskner (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
25. Chris Wherry (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
26. Imanol Ayestaran Odriozola (Esp) Webcor
27. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil
28. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance
29. William Frischkorn (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
30. Dominique Perras (Can) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports31. Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
32. Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) CSC
33. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Sierra Nevada34. Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze
35. Danny Pate (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
36. Russell Hamby (USA) Sierra Nevada
37. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance
38. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
39. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance
40. Antonio Cruz (USA) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
41. Daniel Rincon (Col) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
42. Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
43. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
44. Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
45. Damon Kluck (USA) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
46. Chad Hartley (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
47. Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Prodir-Saunier Duval
48. Jimmi Madsen (Den) CSC
49. Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Team Barloworld
50. Cesar Grajales Calle (Col) Jittery Joe's Coffee
51. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose (Esp) Saeco-Prodir-Saunier Duval
52. Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) U-23 National Team
53. Adam Bergman (USA) Jelly Belly
54. Craig Lewis (USA) U-23 National Team
55. Brian Vandborg (Den) CSC
56. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis
57. Ernesto Lechuga (MEX) Jelly Belly
58. Mario Scirea (Ita) Domina Vacanze
59. Aaron Olson (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
60. Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Barloworld
61. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance62. Timothy Duggan (USA) U-23 National Team
63. Michael Creed (USA) U.S. Postal Service/Berry Floor
64. Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
65. Thad Dulin (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
66. Daniel Bowman (USA) U-23 National Team
67. Justin England (USA) Webcor
68. James Mattis (USA) Webcor
69. Tim Johnson (USA) Saeco-Prodir-Saunier Duval
70. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
71. Jason Klikna (USA) Sierra Nevada, all s.t.
72. John Murphy (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee, 2:42.07
73. Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly
74. David George (RSA) Team Barloworld
75. Jason Bausch (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
76. Marc Hagenlocher (USA) Webcor
77. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
78. Colby Pearce (USA) U-23 National Team
79. Todd Herriott (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
80. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
81. Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) CSC
82. Benjamin Haldeman (USA) Webcor
83. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil
84. Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
85. James Schneider (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
86. Sean Sullivan (Aus) Team Barloworld
87. Alessio Galletti (Ita) Domina Vacanze, all s.t.
88. Jacky Durand (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago, 2:42.22
89. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Domina Vacanze
90. Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators Insurance
91. Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
92. Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance
93. Erik Saunders (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
94. Stuart Gillespie (USA) U-23 National Team, all s.t.
95. Blake Caldwell (USA) U-23 National Team, 2:42.34
96. Peter Lopinto (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports, 2:42.42
97. Matt Dubberley (USA) Sierra Nevada, s.t.
98. Sterling Magnell (USA) Sierra Nevada, 2:42.49
99. Paul Ellis (USA) Jelly Belly, s.t.
100. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly, 2:43.22
101. Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Prodir-Saunier Duval, 2:44.50
102. Enrico Degano (Ita) Team Barloworld
103. Ben Stafford (USA) Webcor
104. Jakob Piil (Den) CSC
105. Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze
106. Jason Mccartney (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
107. James Lewis Perry (RSA) Team Barloworld, all s.t.
108. Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee, 2:45.41
109. Jesse Lawler (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee, 2:46.05
110. Christopher Pic (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee, s.t.
111. Ian Macgregor (USA) U-23 National Team, 2:47.34
112. Jackson Stewart (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports, s.t.
DNF Trent Klasna (USA) Sierra Nevada

1. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines, 10:41:09
2. Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis, at 0:01
3. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Domina Vacanze, 0:06
4. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service/Berry Floor, 0:10
5. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC, 0:12
6. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly, 0:14
7. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service/Berry Floor, 0:16
8. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
9. Charles Dionne (Can) Webcor
10. Nieko Biskner (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
11. David Clinger (USA) Domina Vacanze
12. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Jelly Belly
13. Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
14. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance
15. Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
16. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
17. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service/Berry Floor
18. Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Saunier Duval
19. Chris Horner (USA) Webcor
20. Russell Hamby (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
21. Imanol Ayestaran Odriozola (Esp) Webcor
22. Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Saeco-Saunier Duval
23. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Navigators Insurance
24. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis
25. Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) Team CSC
26. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance
27. Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service/Berry Floor
28. Cesar Grajales Calle (Col) Jittery Joe’s Coffee
29. Ivan Ravaioli (Ita) Team Barloworld
30. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal Service/Berry Floor
31. Chris Wherry (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
32. Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
33. William Frischkorn (USA) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines
34. John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
35. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Sierra Nevada Cycling
36. Damon Kluck (USA) US Postal Service/Berry Floor
37. Dominique Perras (Can) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
38. Adam Bergman (USA) Jelly Belly
39. Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC
40. Aaron Olson (USA) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines
41. Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze
42. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Esp) Saeco-Saunier Duval
43. Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC
44. Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze
45. Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Team Barloworld
46. Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee
47. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance
48. Daniel Rincon (Col) US Postal Service/Berry Floor
49. Danny Pate (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
50. Tim Johnson (USA) Saeco-Saunier Duval
51. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
52. Michael Creed (USA) US Postal Service/Berry Floor
53. Timothy Duggan (USA) U-23. National Team
54. Jason Klikna (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
55. Ernesto Lechuga (Mex) Jelly Belly
56. James Mattis (USA) Webcor
57. Thad Dulin (USA) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines
58. Mario Scirea (Ita) Domina Vacanze, all s.t.
59. Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly, 0:41
60. Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Team CSC
61. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines
62. David George (RSA) Team Barloworld
63. Colby Pearce (USA) U-23. National Team
64. Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
65. Todd Herriott (USA) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines
66. Alessio Galletti (Ita) Domina Vacanze, all s.t.
67. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines, 0:45
68. Chad Hartley (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee
69. Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Barloworld
70. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net/Maxxis, all s.t.
71. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Domina Vacanze, 0:56
72. Erik Saunders (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
73. Stuart Gillespie (USA) U-23. National Team, both s.t.
74. Justin England (USA) Webcor, 0:58
75. Daniel Bowman (USA) U-23. National Team, 1:02
76. Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) U-23. National Team, s.t.
77. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines, 1:10
78. Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 1:21
79. Jacky Durand (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 1:25
80. Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance, s.t.
81. James Schneider (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 1:27
82. Craig Lewis (USA) U-23. National Team, 1:31
83. Glen Mitchell (NZl) Sierra Nevada Cycling, 1:41
84. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance, s.t.
85. Marc Hagenlocher (USA) Webcor, 1:44
86. Benjamin Haldeman (USA) Webcor, 1:46
87. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports
88. Sean Sullivan (Aus) Team Barloworld, both s.t.
89. Paul Ellis (USA) Jelly Belly, 1:52
90. Matt Dubberley (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling, 2:02
91. Blake Caldwell (USA) U-23. National Team, 2:13
92. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 2:24
93. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly, 2:25
94. John Murphy (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 2:41
95. Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators Insurance, s.t.
96. Jason Bausch (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports, 2:49
97. Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 3:04
98. Peter Lopinto (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports, 3:16
99. Enrico Degano (Ita) Team Barloworld, 3:24
100. Sterling Magnell (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling, 3:48
101. Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Saunier Duval, 4:20
102. Ben Stafford (USA) Webcor, 4:29
103. Christopher Pic (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 4:39
104. Tim Larkin (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports, 5:02
105. Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze, 5:32
106. James Lewis Perry (RSA) Team Barloworld, s.t.
107. Jackson Stewart (USA) Ofoto/Lombardi Sports, 6:08
108. Jesse Lawler (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 6:13
109. Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC, s.t.
110. Jason McCartney (USA) Health Net/Maxxis, 8:48
111. Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 10:30
112. Ian MacGregor (USA) U-23. National Team, 15:24


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