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Tour of Georgia, USA

Stage 4, Dalton - Dahlonega 214.7 km

22 April

Vandborg Victorious

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Preview: The pain will start on this stage. Look for lots of a attacks and a sorting of the GC. Jason McCartney put in a fine break last year that gave him the stage.

Vandborg Victorious

Vandborg Victorious, photo: Tour of Georgia

To make the stage from Dalton to Dahlonega even more interesting, the organizers arranged with mother nature to have some foul weather. Included heavy rain, hail, along with thunder and lightening. It was a stage to make a caffè and watch from your shop window as the riders raced by.

Mt. Fort was a big breaker for many riders and it saw the end of the tour as those riders who were dropped pulled off in the following feed-zone. It was hard to resist the lure of the warm team car, parked on the side of the road with the engine running. But there was one group of riders who were taking it head on. Jose-Luis Rubiera (Discovery), Andy Schleck (CSC), Matthias Russ (Gerolsteiner), Elia Aggiano (LPR) and Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner) were in the move. They had a gap of 3 minutes that steadily dropped to 1'30" heading into the Cat 3 Woody Gap climb. Early Marco Pinotti (Prodir - Saunier Duval) was in the move, but he decided enough was enough and headed back to the peloton. (Marco also gives the Inside Scoop for

On the first time up Woody Gap, Rubiera cranked out the pace, dropping the passengers, leaving Andy Schleck (CSC) and Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner). Those three were to battle it out over the following two climbs until they reached Woody Gap again. Then it was a fast downhill to Dahlonega.


Peloton in the Rain, photo: Tour of Georgia

But heading to Woody Gap Schleck was dropped, at the same time there was an elite group of chasers forming at 50", including most of the GC favorites. On the final ascent of Woody Gap Krauss was putting in attacks on Rubiera, but soon it would not matter. On the descent to Dahlonega the two were caught by the chasing group group, and there was to be a battle for the line. "Pino", Marco Pinotti, was in the mix and put in a huge move. Brian Vandborg (Team CSC) countered Pinotti and had the juice to keep it to the line, and an amazing Rubiera hung on to come in for second.

An epic day that brought Team CSC's talented Danish rider, Brian Vandborg, his first professional victory. Vande Velde, Bak and the other CSC boys were there for this young pro. BiciRace salutes Brian Vandborg and his strong Team CSC.

Results, 5'33" in the nasty rain
1 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC
2 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval !!!!!!
4 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel 0.08
5 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
6 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Team L.P.R.
7 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel
8 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
9 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner
10 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.
11 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
12 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
13 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel
14 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC
15 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel
16 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Prodir - Saunier Duval
17 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
18 Danny Pate (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
19 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole
20 Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance
21 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team CSC
22 Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
23 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel
24 Justin England (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis 0.29
25 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval 0.33
26 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval 0.52
27 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.04
28 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel 6.57
29 Daniele Masolino (Ita) Team L.P.R. 7.14
30 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
31 Geoff Kabush (Can) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
32 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
33 Chris Wherry (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
34 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole
35 Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Navigators Insurance
36 Michael Lange (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
37 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval
38 Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R.
39 Antonio Cruz (USA) Discovery Channel
40 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Navigators Insurance
41 Portal Sébastien (Fra) Credit Agricole 13.04
42 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
43 Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
44 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
45 Tomasz Nose (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 13.14
46 Christian Müller (Ger) Team CSC 14.08
47 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval 19.59
48 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
49 Timothy Johnson (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
50 John Devine (USA) USA National Team
51 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Team L.P.R.
52 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
53 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
54 Nick Waite (USA) USA National Team
55 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net pb Maxxis
56 Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
57 Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
58 Sascha Urweider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
59 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner
60 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
61 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
62 Cory Lange (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
63 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole
64 Elia Aggiano (Ita) Team L.P.R.
65 Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
66 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
67 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC
68 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
69 David Robinson (USA) Team TIAA - CREF 21.38
70 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance
71 Todd Herriot (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home 23.37
72 John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
73 Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance
74 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems 25.12
75 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 32.08
76 Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home 32.54
77 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
79 Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net pb Maxxis
80 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
81 Andy Guptill (USA) USA National Team
82 Edward King (USA) USA National Team
83 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole
84 Jonathan Page (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
85 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
86 Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Team L.P.R.
87 Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis
88 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance
89 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team L.P.R.
90 Derek Wilkerson (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
91 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
92 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance
HD Steven Cozza (USA) USA National Team 51.39
HD Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 54.25
HD Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
HD Glen Mitchell (NZl) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada 1.03.05
HD Ian Macgregor (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
HD Bruno Langlois (Can) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
HD Aaron Olsen (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
HD Hayden Godfrey NZ' Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
HD Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
HD Craig Wilcox (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
HD Michael Wolf (USA) USA National Team
HD Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
HD Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
DNF Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel
DNF Rafael Casero Moreno (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval
DNF Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
DNF Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Health Net pb Maxxis
DNF Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari
DNF Russell Hamby (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
DNF Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodak Gallery - Sierra Nevada
DNF Mariano Friedick (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
DNF William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
DNF Chad Hartley (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
DNF Dan Bowman (USA) Team TIAA - CREF
DNF Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) USA National Team
DNF John Murphy (USA) USA National Team
DSQ Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home
DSQ Juan José Haedo (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home

1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 16.47.29
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 0.19
3 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 0.28
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 0.50
5 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 1.00
6 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel 1.13
7 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC 1.39
8 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel 1.42
9 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel 1.53
10 Danny Pate (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel 2.12
11 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Prodir - Saunier Duval 2.16
12 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC 2.18
13 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel 2.29
14 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team CSC 2.35
15 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jittery Joe's - Kalahari 3.02
16 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole 3.33
17 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Prodir - Saunier Duval 3.38
18 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Prodir - Saunier Duval 3.41
19 Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance 3.50
20 Justin England (USA) Health Net pb Maxxis 4.18

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