By Susan Westemeyer
The Tour de Georgia has announced the first teams that have been invited to this year's six-day, 660 mile race to be held April 21 -27. The list includes four ProTour team, two Professional Continental teams and two Continental teams. The remaining seven teams will be announced after the Tour of California.
The four ProTour teams are Astana, CSC, Gerolsteiner and High Road. It will be a debut in the American race for Astana and High Road (formerly T-Mobile Team). The Professional Continental teams, both from the US, are Team Slipstream/Chipotle and BMC Racing. Also from the US are the two Continental teams, Bissell Pro Cycling Team (formerly Priority Health) and Georgia-based Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team, the only team to have raced in every Tour de Georgia.