Tour de Georgia - Stage 5 Photos
Celia Cole photo gallery of the action from the 2007 Stage 5 "Battle on
Brass Town Bald" with after race rider comments.
David "Z-man" Zabriskie passes Christian Vandevelde, Janez Brajkovik (on
Vandevelde's wheel) and Danny Pate.
CSC's Christian Vandevelde and his shadow on the Brass Town Bald Climb Janez
Brajkovik in yellow. The two rivals for the G.C. only separated by 12 seconds.
Christian's attacks couldn't shake the young Discovery rider.
Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia), Discovery Channel Pro
Regarding Christian Vande Velde of CSC, contesting for the G.C. lead, who
battled Brajkovic up Brasstown…
“I just focused on his wheel... He attacked at least 20 times and I have to say
it was hard, but I was able to stay with him and that’s all that matters.”
Levi on his solo attack on Brass Town Bald.
Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel Pro Cycling
On the epic Brasstown Bald climb today…
“David Millar (Prodir-Saunier Duval) really turned up the gas at the end of the
climb. (Gilberto) Simoni (Prodir-Saunier Duval) took over. He’s very smart with
his effort. He was hitting it hard on the steep parts. After a while, at the 5k
to go mark, it was just Tom (Danielson) and I on his wheel. I sensed that he had
slowed down a little bit and I tried hitting him hard a little bit. I felt great
yesterday, and today, and I had the legs to keep going.”
Gibo in America!! "He was hitting it hard on the steep parts," Levi Leipheimer.
USA Development Team John Devine did a veterans work on Stage 5 leaping up the
classification. Devine joins the Discovery squad in July for his pro debut.
Danny Pate (Slipstream/Chipotle) active in the day long break fights toward the
Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel Pro Cycling
Why Brasstown Bald Mountain is so special to him…
“I think that the fact that is it is very, very difficult and that it’s in
America. The spectators can see high-speed climbing by the best climbers in the
world. People can come from all over the country and…see the best climbing in
the world in front of them. You can see us suffering just as spectators suffer
on their training rides. It’s incredible. It’s like no other climb and that’s
what makes it so special.”
“I’ve won the race twice and (was) second today and I love this stage. Truly
I feel this has launched my career.”
“I absolutely love the Tour de Georgia it’s close to my heart. The fans are
rowdy and aggressive and I love Brasstown Bald.”
Ryder Hesjedal (Canada), Health Net/Maxxis
On finishing 7th on Stage Five…
“If there was a chance to get in a breakaway – a head start on the climb – that
was the best scenario for me. We had the KOM going into the stage. I was more
focusing on the stage and having a good ride at the end.”
“I wanted to try and have a great race today, in general being older. I was
pretty aggressive on the first attacks.”
Alexandre Moos (BMC) drives toward the summit.