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Tour of Georgia, USA

Stage 1, Augusta - Macon 207.4 km

19 April

Hunter Makes Magic in Macon

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Preview: A stage made for the men of speed. Expect to see a big gun fire on the first stage into Macon.

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Floyd Landis on the mic!, photo: Beth Seliga

A hot and humid day greeted the riders as they started Stage 1 of the Tour of Georgia, from Augusta, Georgia. Today the riders covered 207K, as they made their way to Macon. A journey particularly painful and memorable for one young rider. At 15K into the race, Dan Bowman (TIAA-CREF) started a move that was to last for 145K, amazing.

Bowman

Dan Bowman Gets Advice from the Master, Vaughters, photo: Tour of Georgia

Many teams were happy to see the break go so the peloton could relax. A time for the group to spin their legs on the first day of racing. At one point Bowman's gap reached nearly 11 minutes, but then it started to tumble down slowly. Death was near for strong-man Bowman as Health Net, Phonak and other teams were active in the chase. Bowman's day in the hot sun came to an end, but he did secure the sprint jersey.

Italian duo Marco Pinotti (Prodir - Saunier Duval) and Ivan Fanelli (LPR) lit-up the streets with 50K remaining. The two went on the attack with their heads down and hammering, they caught a fading Bowman, and quickly gained 2'30". BiciRace.com's own, Marco Pinotti was doing the majority of the work, and soon left Ivan Fanelli behind. (Read Marco Pinotti's Inside Scoop!)

Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer Talks, photo: Beth Seliga

But the same super team that brought back Bowman, also brought back a flying Pinotti (from Bergamo). That team was Health Net, setting the pace up for Gord Fraser or Ivan Dominguez. Due to Health Net's strong pace, the peloton was in Macon in no-time and it was a fast Gruppo Compatto.

As the peloton entered the closing three circuits, with 10K, was elbow-to-elbow. Discovery was active at the front, so too were CSC and Jelly Belly. Small moves were able to make it off the front, and with one circuit remaining, CSC's Andy Schleck thought he had won. When Andy came across the line he threw his hands in the air, but it was a mistake.

Robbie Hunter

Robbie Hunter Wins, photo: Tour of Georgia

Schleck was fast forgotten as Phonak, Jelly Belly, and Health Net moved their men into position for a showdown. It was a Jelly Belly and Phonak showdown on the streets of Macon. Robbie Hunter (Phonak) and Ben Brooks (Jelly Belly) were going tooth and nail for sprint honors. But it was fast-man Hunter taking the first stage and the overall lead of the Dodge Tour of Georgia.

Results, 5'47"
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems
2 Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
3 Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R.
4 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team L.P.R.
5 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net pb Maxxis
6 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval
7 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
8 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
9 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
10 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
11 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Team L.P.R.
12 Geoff Kabush (Can) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
13 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Navigators Insurance
14 Glen Mitchell (NZl) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
15 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel
16 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
17 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
18 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
19 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
20 Elia Aggiano (Ita) Team L.P.R.
21 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.
22 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole
23 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel
24 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel
25 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
26 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval
27 Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance
28 Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Team L.P.R.
29 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel
30 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Prodir - Saunier Duval
31 Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Navigators Insurance
32 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
33 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC
34 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval
35 Tomasz Nose (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems
36 Danny Pate (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
37 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel
38 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel
39 Chris Wherry (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
40 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
41 Jose Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
42 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole
43 William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
44 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team CSC
45 Russell Hamby (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
46 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics
47 Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance
48 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval
49 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
50 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
51 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics
52 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
53 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC
54 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval
55 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole
56 Timothy Johnson (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
57 Edward King (USA) USA National Team 0.22
58 Nick Waite (USA) USA National Team
59 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
60 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics
61 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
62 Bruno Langlois (Can) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
63 Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
64 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole
65 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner
66 Antonio Cruz (USA) Discovery Channel
67 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
68 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel
69 Hayden Godfrey NZ' Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
70 Portal Sébastien (Fra) Credit Agricole
71 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
72 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
73 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
74 Rafael Casero Moreno (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval
75 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics
76 Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
77 Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
78 Chad Hartley (USA) Team TIAA - CREF 0.36
79 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance
80 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics
81 Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada 0.55
82 Justin England (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
83 John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
84 John Devine (USA) USA National Team 1.03
85 Ian Macgregor (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
86 Christian Müller (Ger) Team CSC
87 Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net pb Maxxis
88 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance
89 Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
90 Sascha Urweider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
91 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance
92 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Team L.P.R.
93 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Health Net pb Maxxis
94 Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) USA National Team 1.49
95 John Murphy (USA) USA National Team
96 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics 2.14
97 Christian Foster (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
98 Michael Lange (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
99 Todd Herriot (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
100 David Robinson (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
101 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 2.36
102 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner
103 Daniele Masolino (Ita) Team L.P.R.
104 Cory Lange (Can) Symmetrics
105 Aaron Olsen (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
106 Andy Guptill (USA) USA National Team 2.46
107 Craig Wilcox (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari 3.11
108 Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics 3.28
109 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
110 Derek Wilkerson (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
111 Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole 4.19
112 Dan Bowman (USA) Team TIAA - CREF 4.36
113 Michael Wolf (USA) USA National Team
114 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC
115 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
116 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
117 Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari 6.57
118 Steven Cozza (USA) USA National Team
119 Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home 7.38
120 Jonathan Page (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
121 Mariano Friedick (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel

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