- Article published:
- February 02, 2005, 0:00 GMT
- Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com
From the imposing bluffs overlooking the Savannah River to high atop Brasstown Bald to the rolling...
From the imposing bluffs overlooking the Savannah River to high atop Brasstown Bald to the rolling hills of Georgia's historic townships, the stage has been officially set for North America's Dodge Tour de Georgia, which has been sanctioned by the UCI as a 2.1 event on the America Continental Tour. At a press conference held today in downtown Atlanta, race officials unveiled the Tour's official race route and 10 host cities.
The race will commence on Tuesday, April 19 in the Garden City of the South, Augusta, and finish five days and 650 miles later on Sunday, April 24 in Alpharetta. The 2005 edition will include an individual time trial, 10 intermediate sprints, 10 king of the mountain (KOM) sprints and one mountain top finish. 15 teams of eight riders each will be invited to compete in the race. Last year's edition was won by Lance Armstrong, who edged out CSC's Jens Voigt of Germany and American Chris Horner of Webcor by just over a minute.
"The Dodge Tour de Georgia is a one-of-a-kind rolling festival as well as a world class racing event, and the tour will feature a multitude of activities for spectators in wonderful communities that exude genuine Americana, the enterprising spirit of the New South and Georgia's world famous hospitality," said the race's executive director Stan Holm.
The first stage starts in downtown Augusta, along the banks of the Savannah River and take the riders 136 miles (217 km) across Middle Georgia to its finishing circuit in Macon. It will be an ideal day for the sprinters, who will race to the city that musical legends Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers, James Brown and Little Richard have all called home.
Stage 2 will test the sprinters once again, as the race continues along its clockwise course in Fayetteville. Turning northwest for a 129 mile (206 km) battle, riders will encounter a challenging mix of Georgia's diverse terrain along the way...