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Ford Tour de Georgia

Georgia

Stage 1: Augusta to Macon

April 18, 2006
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CSC's Michaelson Sprints to the Ford Leaders Jersey in Stage One of the 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia
American Fred Rodriguez Davitamon-Lotto and Australian Caleb Manion of Jelly Belly capture podium spots

Lars Michaelson (Denmark) of Team CSC, the No. 1-ranked ProTour team this spring, captured the Ford Leader Jersey in a sprint in downtown Macon for Stage One of the 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia. American Fred Rodriguez of the Belgian team Davitamon-Lotto and Australian Caleb Manion of the domestic Jelly Belly Cycling team finished second and third, respectively.

"The circuit turned out to be quite good for me. I only saw the race book this morning and had no idea how it was. I was talking to (Mark) McCormack (competitor on the American team Colavita-Sutter Home) and he said ‘this is just you Lars, good hills and with cobblestones.' And it was. It was a fast circuit," said Michaelson after winning the longest stage of the week, covering 129.8 miles/ 207.4 km.

The field of 119 professional cyclists began at 11:30 a.m. in Augusta, Ga., and finished in just under five hours, with Michaelson leading eight riders to the same time of 4:45:46. Numerous breakaway attempts were unsuccessful due to high race speeds on the rolling route to Macon, with all the racers coming back together for three furious circuits of 2.1 miles each in the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World". American Aaron Olson of the Spanish Prodir-Saunier Duval squad was awarded the Aaron's Most Aggressive Rider jersey, having led a four-man breakaway after 60 miles into the race that gained an 11-minute advantage. He was the final of the four to be brought back.

"The first two hours were fairly easy and we had the wind with us most of the day and that helped keep the pace high. It was a fast day," added Olson at the post-race press conference.

Michaelson also won the Maxxis Sprint Leader jersey after Stage One. Since he will wear the Ford Overall Leader jersey to start Stage Two, Rodriguez will wear the Maxxis Sprint jersey on Wednesday. The GE Best Young Rider jersey was awarded to Poland's Peter Mazur of Prodir-Saunier Duval. Defending champion Tom Danielson of Discovery Channel Professional Cycling team finished 11th, seconds behind the leaders.

Stage Two will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ga. and take the peloton through sprints in Peachtree City, Ga. and Rockmart, Ga., en route to Rome, Ga., a distance of 116.1 miles/ 186.9 km. The first United Community Bank King of the Mountain competition will take place in Rome on Clocktower Hill on the finishing circuit, Wednesday. The race is expected to finish between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

STAGE 1 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Position
Rider Name
Team Name
Country
Time
Gap
Bonuses
1.  
MICHAELSEN Lars
CSC
DEN
"4.45'36""  "
  
2.  
RODRIGUEZ Fred
DVL
USA
"4.45'40""  "
"4""  "
3.  
MANION Caleb
JBC
AUS
"4.45'42""  "
"6""  "
4.  
HAEDO Juan José
TUT
ARG
"4.45'43""  "
"7""  "
5.  
RICE Matthew
JBC
AUS
"4.45'44""  "
"8""  "
6.  
JOHANSEN Allan
CSC
DEN
"4.45'45""  "
"9""  "
7.  
MENZIES Karl
HNM
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
"10""  "
8.  
DAVIDENKO Vassili
NIC
RUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
9.  
JACQUES-MAYNES Ben
OSN
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
10.  
VOGELS Henk
DVL
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
11.  
MAZUR Peter
SDV
POL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
12.  
GRAJALES Cesar Augusto
NIC
COL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
13.  
POPOVYCH Yaroslav
DSC
UKR
"4.45'46""  "
...  
14.  
LANDIS Floyd
PHO
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
15.  
PETERSON Thomas
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
16.  
HUNTER Robert
PHO
RSA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
17.  
BAJADALI Andrew
JBC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
18.  
ANTHONY Jesse
OSN
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
19.  
ALBERS Kirk
JBC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
20.  
MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi
DSC
ESP
"4.45'46""  "
...  
21.  
TSCHOPP Johann
PHO
SUI
"4.45'46""  "
...  
22.  
DANIELSON Thomas
DSC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
23.  
FRISCHKORN William
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
24.  
PERRAS Dominique
OSN
CAN
"4.45'46""  "
...  
25.  
BALDWIN Christopher
TUT
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
26.  
PIPP Frank
TTC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
27.  
PINOTTI Marco
SDV
ITA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
28.  
NOVAL Benjamin
DSC
ESP
"4.45'46""  "
...  
29.  
ZABRISKIE David
CSC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
30.  
O'NEILL Nathan
HNM
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
31.  
KUYCKX Jan
DVL
BEL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
32.  
MCCARTNEY Jason
DSC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
33.  
EUSER Lucas
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
34.  
PATE Danny
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
35.  
CLERC Aurélien
PHO
SUI
"4.45'46""  "
...  
36.  
BRAJKOVIC Janez
DSC
SLO
"4.45'46""  "
...  
37.  
GUTIERREZ CATALUNA Ignacio
PHO
ESP
"4.45'46""  "
...  
38.  
ENGLAND Justin
TUT
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
39.  
EKIMOV Viatcheslav
DSC
RUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
40.  
WIELINGA Remmert
QSI
NED
"4.45'46""  "
...  
41.  
KOBZARENKO Valery
NIC
UKR
"4.45'46""  "
...  
42.  
DIETRICH Michael
OSN
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
43.  
LEWIS Craig
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
44.  
VANDBORG Brian
CSC
DEN
"4.45'46""  "
...  
45.  
CUESTA LOPEZ DE CASTRO Inigo
CSC
ESP
"4.45'46""  "
...  
46.  
ZAJICEK Phil
NIC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
47.  
GATES Nick
DVL
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
48.  
ROSSELER Sébastien
QSI
BEL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
49.  
FERNANDEZ DE LA PUEBLA RAMOS Alberto
SDV
ESP
"4.45'46""  "
...  
50.  
SWINDLEHURST Burke
NIC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
51.  
HATTON Peter
JIT
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
52.  
VAN DE WALLE Jurgen
QSI
BEL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
53.  
VERHEYEN Geert
QSI
BEL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
54.  
JONES Brice
JBC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
55.  
HERRIOTT Todd
COL
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
56.  
JENSEN Brian
JBC
DEN
"4.45'46""  "
...  
57.  
LANGE Michael
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
58.  
PEDERSEN Martin
CSC
DEN
"4.45'46""  "
...  
59.  
LOUDER Jeffry
HNM
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
60.  
FRATTINI Davide
COL
ITA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
61.  
WELLS Todd
TTC
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
62.  
SCARSELLI Leonardo
QSI
ITA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
63.  
ELKEN Evan
JIT
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
64.  
STALDER Florian
PHO
SUI
"4.45'46""  "
...  
65.  
TOSATTO Matteo
QSI
ITA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
66.  
MCCORMACK Mark
COL
USA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
67.  
WILSON Trent
JIT
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
...  
68.  
VAN HECKE Preben
DVL
BEL
"4.45'46""  "
...  
69.  
PAGLIARINI MENDONCA Luciano André
SDV
BRA
"4.45'46""  "
...  
70.  
DOMINGUEZ Ivan
TUT
CUB
"4.45'46""  "
...  
71.  
GUTIERREZ CATALUNA José Enrique
PHO
ESP
"4.46'07""  "
"31""  "
72.  
BLACKGROVE Heath
TUT
NZL
"4.46'14""  "
"38""  "
73.  
INGELS Nic
DVL
BEL
"4.46'14""  "
...  
74.  
WONG Philip
JIT
USA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
75.  
LAGUTIN Sergey
NIC
UZB
"4.46'14""  "
...  
76.  
BROOKS Benjamin
NIC
AUS
"4.46'14""  "
...  
77.  
WAMSLEY Kyle
COL
USA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
78.  
COLBY Anthony
TTC
USA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
79.  
SULLIVAN Sean
TUT
AUS
"4.46'14""  "
...  
80.  
OLLERENSHAW Doug
HNM
USA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
81.  
GRISHKINE Oleg
NIC
RUS
"4.46'14""  "
...  
82.  
CANDELARIO Alex
JBC
USA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
83.  
MACBURNIE Dustin
TTC
CAN
"4.46'14""  "
...  
84.  
BRAMATI Davide
QSI
ITA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
85.  
SCHMATZ Dan
OSN
USA
"4.46'14""  "
...  
86.  
LOWE Trent
DSC
AUS
"4.46'14""  "
...  
87.  
WREN Tyler
COL
USA
"4.46'28""  "
"52""  "
88.  
ZWIZANSKI Scott
OSN
USA
"4.46'28""  "
...  
89.  
ARTACHO Gustavo
COL
ARG
"4.46'39""  "
"1'03""  "
90.  
JOHNSON Tim
HNM
USA
"4.46'39""  "
...  
91.  
SAYERS Michael
HNM
USA
"4.47'17""  "
"1'41""  "
92.  
RAPINSKI Viktor
COL
BLR
"4.47'17""  "
...  
93.  
FRIEDICK Mariano
TUT
USA
"4.47'42""  "
"2'06""  "
94.  
ACTON Alejandro
TTC
ARG
"4.49'52""  "
"4'16""  "
95.  
MACGREGOR Ian
TIA
USA
"4.49'57""  "
"4'21""  "
96.  
CRUZ Antonio
TUT
USA
"4.50'13""  "
"4'37""  "
97.  
BLICKEM Ryan
TTC
USA
"4.50'24""  "
"4'48""  "
98.  
HARTMAN Wesley
TTC
USA
"4.50'24""  "
...  
99.  
OLIVEIRA FERNANDEZ Luis
PHO
ESP
"4.50'29""  "
"4'53""  "
100.  
VENTOSO Francisco
SDV
ESP
"4.50'35""  "
"4'59""  "
101.  
SHIRLEY Neil
JIT
USA
"4.50'35""  "
...  
102.  
KING Austin
JIT
USA
"4.50'36""  "
"5'00""  "
103.  
LOPINTO Peter
OSN
USA
"4.50'36""  "
...  
104.  
CHICCHI Francesco
QSI
ITA
"4.50'36""  "
...  
105.  
WILCOX Craig
JIT
USA
"4.50'36""  "
...  
106.  
REISTAD Nick
JBC
USA
"4.50'36""  "
...  
107.  
RINERO Christophe
SDV
FRA
"4.50'36""  "
...  
108.  
O'BEE Kirk
HNM
USA
"4.50'46""  "
"5'10""  "
109.  
BOWMAN Dan
TIA
USA
"4.51'53""  "
"6'17""  "
110.  
KLOSTERGAARD LARSEN Kasper
CSC
DEN
"4.51'55""  "
"6'19""  "
111.  
OLSON Aaron
SDV
USA
"4.51'55""  "
...  
112.  
FRASER Gordon
HNM
CAN
"4.51'55""  "
...  
113.  
GREENFIELD Daniel
TTC
USA
"4.51'55""  "
...  
114.  
PIIL Jakob
CSC
DEN
"4.53'46""  "
"8'10""  "
115.  
HOPKINS Jeffery
JIT
AUS
"4.53'46""  "
...  
116.  
MERTENS Pieter
DVL
BEL
"4.54'15""  "
"8'39""  "
117.  
KAISEN Olivier
DVL
BEL
"4.55'03""  "
"9'27""  "
118.  
STEWART Jackson
OSN
USA
"4.58'58""  "
"13'22""  "

STAGE 1 TEAM RESULTS

Position
Team
Time
Gap
1.  
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
"14.17'18""  "
2.  
Davitamon-Lotto
"14.17'18""  "
3.  
KodakGallery.Com-Sierra Nevada Pro
"14.17'18""  "
4.  
Phonak Hearing Systems
"14.17'18""  "
5.  
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
"14.17'18""  "
6.  
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
"14.17'18""  "
7.  
Team TIAA-CREF
"14.17'18""  "
8.  
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
"14.17'18""  "
9.  
Team CSC
"14.17'18""  "
10.  
Prodir-Saunier Duval
"14.17'18""  "
11.  
Health Net Presented by Maxxis
"14.17'18""  "
12.  
Quick Step-Innergetic
"14.17'18""  "
13.  
Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
"14.17'18""  "
14.  
The Jittery Joe's-Zero Gravity Pro
"14.17'18""  "
15.  
Targetraining Cycling Team
"14.17'46""  "
"28"" "

STAGE 1 YOUNG RIDER RESULTS

Position
Rider
Team
Country
Time
Gap
Bonuses
1.  
MAZUR Peter
SDV
POL
"4.45'46""  "
  
2.  
PETERSON Thomas
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
  
3.  
ANTHONY Jesse
OSN
USA
"4.45'46""  "
  
4.  
TSCHOPP Johann
PHO
SUI
"4.45'46""  "
  
5.  
EUSER Lucas
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
  
6.  
BRAJKOVIC Janez
DSC
SLO
"4.45'46""  "
  
7.  
LEWIS Craig
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
  
8.  
FERNANDEZ DE LA PUEBLA RAMOS Alberto
SDV
ESP
"4.45'46""  "
  
9.  
HATTON Peter
JIT
AUS
"4.45'46""  "
  
10.  
LANGE Michael
TIA
USA
"4.45'46""  "
  
11.  
PEDERSEN Martin
CSC
DEN
"4.45'46""  "
  
12.  
STALDER Florian
PHO
SUI
"4.45'46""  "
  
13.  
VAN HECKE Preben
DVL
BEL
"4.45'46""  "
  
14.  
INGELS Nic
DVL
BEL
"4.46'14""  "
"28""  "
15.  
MACBURNIE Dustin
TTC
CAN
"4.46'14""  "
...  
16.  
LOWE Trent
DSC
AUS
"4.46'14""  "
...  
17.  
MACGREGOR Ian
TIA
USA
"4.49'57""  "
"4'11""  "
18.  
HARTMAN Wesley
TTC
USA
"4.50'24""  "
"4'38""  "
19.  
VENTOSO Francisco
SDV
ESP
"4.50'35""  "
"4'49""  "
20.  
WILCOX Craig
JIT
USA
"4.50'36""  "
"4'50""  "
21.  
REISTAD Nick
JBC
USA
"4.50'36""  "
...  
22.  
BOWMAN Dan
TIA
USA
"4.51'53""  "
"6'07""  "
23.  
KLOSTERGAARD LARSEN Kasper
CSC
DEN
"4.51'55""  "
"6'09""  "
24.  
KAISEN Olivier
DVL
BEL
"4.55'03""  "
"9'17""  "


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