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November 30, 2005

Tour de Georgia '06 will visit Tennessee, gain ProTour points


Floyd Landis warming up
Originally uploaded by Frank Steele.
Tour de Georgia 2006

The route is out (JPG, press release, host city overview) for the 2006 edition of the Tour de Georgia.

Running April 18-23, the TdG sticks with what's worked in the first 3 editions of the race, with an overall finish back in Alpharetta, a crowd-pleasing Brasstown Bald stage finish, and an ITT, but adds a few new cities, as well, as Cumming, in Forsyth County, gets a stage start, and Chattanooga, Tennessee serves as the finish line for the ITT.

The race has been promoted by the UCI to the only 2.HC rating in North America, which should help attract ProTour-level European squads. Last year featured riders from Discovery Channel, Team CSC, Phonak, Gerolsteiner, and Saunier Duval-Prodir alongside leading U.S. teams.

Remaining to be seen will be whether Georgia crowds will turn out without the primary draw of the race's last two editions, Lance Armstrong. One hedge against that is the race's integration of city festivals in Dahlonega (“Bear on the Square”: link 2, link 3) and Forsyth County (“Taste of Forsyth” : mmm, tastes like chicken).

Also:

ajc.com | Tour de Georgia also will tour Tennessee in '06

The Citizen Online | F’ville again to be host city for Tour de Ga.

Macon Telegraph | Cycling race coming back to Macon in 2006

Flickr.com photosets of: 2005 TdG ITT | 2005 TdG Stage 5 | 2005 TdG Stage 6

Posted by Frank Steele on November 30, 2005 in Top Stories, Tour de Georgia | Permalink

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