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April 22, 2005

Tour de Georgia Stage 4: Dalton to Dahlonega

Today's stage is a near-repeat of last year's Stage 5, rolling from the carpet capital of the world to a Georgia gold-rush town set in the Appalachian foothills.

Last year, Jason McCartney, then riding for Health Net, put 53 seconds into the field on a stage with 19,000 feet of climbing and 5 King of the Mountains lines. VeloNews later named his stage the 2004 Ride of the Year, and it helped catapult McCartney onto Team Discovery Channel this year.

It's not a mountaintop finish, so the field will have 14 miles to regroup after the last climb of Woody Gap (the peloton climbs it twice today) near Suches.

The big question: Is Discovery riding for defending Tour de Georgia champion Lance Armstrong, who lost 1:46 to leader Floyd Landis yesterday, or do they try to break Tom Danielson, placed 42 seconds ahead of Armstrong, and get him some attention as the future of American cycling?

Also look for CSC and Phonak to fight it out, with CSC looking to place Bobby Julich and Dave Zabriskie, and Phonak trying to defend Floyd Landis' race lead. Meanwhile Levi Leipheimer sits 50 seconds back, about midway between Landis and Armstrong.

Posted by Frank Steele on April 22, 2005 in Bobby Julich, Dave Zabriskie, Floyd Landis, Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Tom Danielson, Tour de Georgia | Permalink

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Comments

Is it me or the tourdegeorgia.com website? I cannot find the current GC standings anywhere. I see the stage results, but no cumulative time.

Who is winning? By how much?

Posted by: Charlie at Apr 22, 2005 9:49:08 AM

Charlie,

They weren't available until yesterday. The easiest way I see to find them is to go to the Stage page, like this one for yesterday's stage:

Stage 3, then click on "View Full Results" above either the day's finish or the overall.

Posted by: Frank at Apr 22, 2005 10:01:43 AM

Oh, and to answer your larger question, here's the GC top 10:

1) LANDIS Floyd, Phonak
2) ZABRISKIE David, Team CSC, at :19
3) BALDWIN Christopher, Navigators, at :22
4) JULICH Bobby, Team CSC, at :28
5) O'NEILL Nathan, Navigators, at :43
6) LEIPHEIMER Levi, Gerolsteiner, at :50
7) DANIELSON Tom, Discovery Channel, at 1:00
8) EKIMOV Viatcheslav, Discovery Channel, at 1:21
9) ARMSTRONG Lance, Discovery Channel, at 1:42
10) VANDBORG Brian, Team CSC, at 1:47

Posted by: Frank at Apr 22, 2005 10:07:21 AM