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Georgia: Stage 2 To DiBiase

FORMAGGI-PINZOLO’S MORENO DIBIASE TAKES STAGE TWO OF INAUGURAL DODGE TOUR DE GEORGIA

COLUMBUS, GA (April 24, 2003) – Reported By Tour De Georgia – Italian Moreno DiBiase of Formaggi-Pinzolo today won the 124-mile Stage Two of Dodge Tour de Georgia, which stretched from Macon, Ga., to Columbus, Ga., in a field sprint with a time of 4:07:45. American cyclist Fred Rodriguez of the Sidermec team finished second with Australian Henk Vogels of the Navigators rounding out the top three.

“My team was instrumental in getting me to the finish today,” said DiBiase. “When I started the sprint with 300 meters to go, I knew I was going to win. This was a challenging stage and very fast. I’m thrilled to have taken stage two.”

Today’s race also featured two designated sprint points in Thomaston, Ga., and Warm Springs, Ga., won by American Troy White, Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar, and Chris Horner, Team Saturn, respectively. Additionally, 20-year-old Dalton, Ga., native Saul Raisin of the Ofoto-Lombardi Sports team was named best young rider for a third day in a row. Winning the King of the Mountain (KOM) was Horner, Team Saturn.

Tomorrow’s 138-mile Stage Three race will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Callaway Gardens Pavilion in Pine Mountain, Ga. The tour is scheduled to arrive in Rome, Ga., at Riverview Street and Broad Street at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Eighteen top American and international cycling teams, totaling more than 140 professional riders, are competing in the six-day Dodge Tour de Georgia. The race covers more than 600 miles (965 km), going through the host cities of Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Pine Mountain (Callaway), Rome, Dalton, Gainesville and Atlanta. Dodge Tour de Georgia is the only stage race of this length in the U.S. that is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for 2003, and one of only five races in the U.S. on the official UCI calendar.

Turner South will be airing a one-hour show recapping the entire Dodge Tour de Georgia on May 3 at 2 p.m. EST. For complete results, photos and more information, visit www.tourdegeorgia.com.

STAGE TWO RESULTS: Macon to Columbus, 124 miles/199 km
1st DiBiase, Moreno Formaggi- ITA 4:07:45 – Pinzolo
2nd Rodriguez, Fred Sidermec USA 4:07:45 —
3rd Vogels, Henk Navigators AUS 4:07:45 —

OVERALL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:
1st Vogels, Henk Navigators AUS 9:40:57 —
2nd Horner, Chris Saturn USA 9:41:01 0:00:04
3rd O’Neill, Nathan Saturn AUS 9:41:02 0:00:05

JERSEY WINNERS
Я Wachovia King of the Mountain Leader: Chris Horner, Saturn
Я Maxxis Sprint Leader: Henk Vogels, Navigators
Я Best Young Rider (under 23): Saul Raisin, Ofoto-Lombardi Sports

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