American star Floyd Landis/Phonak providing a resounding confirmation of his Tour de France contender status as he easily defended his four-second overall lead throughout today's Stage Five, the most difficult of this year's Ford Tour de Georgia. Tom Danielson duplicated his win of 2005, but was not able to distance the Floyd.
After two close calls in two days, sprinter Fred Rodriguez nailed down the Tour de Georgia's third stage with a well-timed sprint after a mountainous 119 mile race from Dalton, GA to the finish in Dahlonega. While Fast Freddie got the stage and tightened his grip on the sprint competition, team tactics were the rule of the day.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege closes out the Spring Classics, opening up a new part of the season with the Giro d'Italia only a short week away. La Doyenne, as she is reverently called, is the toughest and oldest of the Ardennes Week races - the oldest race of all in fact. This year's race looks to be a true classic in the making, PEZ takes a look at the course and the players.
Thursday’s time trial stage of the Tour de Georgia was a brutal 40 km suffer-fest of hills and heat. The start was in Chickamauga, a historic Civil War battlefield, then through a nasty 40 km course to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our man on the street wandered the frenzied scene that is part and parcel of a TT start and finish…
A little rain and hail during the Ford Tour de Georgia's Stage 2 didn't ruin the parade, at least for Discovery Channel's Yaroslav Popovych. After a relatively mundane day of racing, the Ukranian attacked the final hill on the Rome, GA finishing circuit and held off the top sprinters to take both the stage win and the overall race lead.
The 4th edition of the Ford Tour de Georgia opened up with typical warm spring weather and a scorchingly fast stage from Augusta to Macon. Despite the efforts of a gutsy 4-man breakaway led by Aaron's' Most Aggressive Rider, American Aaron Olson, the race came down to a group finish, taken handlily by CSC's classics strong-man, Lars Michaelsen.
The Tour of Georgia starts today in Augusta, and once again it's set up to be a quality test for any and all. It'll be a different affair in 2006 without the participation of the Boss himself, but his absence and some others could really open the race to other contenders. PEZ has a look at the course and the possible players.