2008 Tour de Georgia UCI - Cities Announced UCI
6th Annual Tour of the Peach State Announces Host Cities for the 7 day 650 mile
Tour warm up. Stage 4 Team Time Trial added, no ITT.
Five New Venues and Team Time Trial Bring Fresh Look
to Seven-Day Tour de France Tune-Up
From the salty marshes and ocean shoreline of the Georgia coast to the majestic
skyline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 12 Georgia communities have been selected
as the official Host Venues for the sixth annual Tour de Georgia, scheduled
April 21-27, 2008. The introduction of these
Host Venues was announced earlier this week by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at a
press conference at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Cagle
also recognized the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of
Children’s as the new beneficiary for the Tour next year.
“Today is an exciting day. As we entered into this sixth season of the Tour
de Georgia, we promised to revitalize the event and we are well on our way. With
the selection of our 12 Host Venues, including two mountain stages and the
addition of the Team Time Trial, we are taking the steps necessary to continue
strengthening the Tour de Georgia- ensuring it remains North America's premier
cycling race. This April, we will welcome the world to Georgia," said Lt.
Governor Casey Cagle. "The addition of the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children's
Healthcare as a beneficiary is a very important move for the Tour. This event is
not just a bike race. The heart of this race will be about giving back.”
Five communities will host the Tour for the first
Road Atlanta/Braselton, Statesboro, Suwanee/Gwinnett Co., Tybee Island, and
Savannah hosted the overall start of the inaugural Tour de Georgia in 2003.
Other returning Host Venues include Atlanta (2003, 2007), Augusta (2005, 2006),
Blairsville (2004-2006), Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns Co. (2004-2007),
Dahlonega (2004-2006), and Gainesville (2003, 2005).
2008 Tour de Geogia Host Cities:
Stage 1: Monday, April 21 - Tybee Island, Ga. to Savannah, Ga.
Stage 2: Tuesday, April 22 - Statesboro, Ga. to Augusta, Ga.
Stage 3: Wednesday, April 23 - Washington, Ga. to Gainesville, Ga.
Stage 4: Thursday, April 24 - Road Atlanta/Braselton, Ga. (Team Time Trial)
Stage 5: Friday, April 25 - Suwanee/Gwinnett Co., Ga. to Dahlonega., Ga.
Stage 6: Saturday, April 26 - Blairsville/Union Co., Ga. to Brasstown Bald Mtn/Towns
Stage 7: Sunday, April 27 - Atlanta, Ga. (Circuit Race)
Brasstown Bald Mountain, property of the National Forest Service that is the
highest peak in Georgia (4,784 feet), has become the signature “Queen Stage” of
the Tour, showcasing the mountain region of the state.
Team Time Trial
Road Atlanta, a multi-purpose motor sports facility situated on 750 park-like
acres in Northeast Georgia, will host the first Team Time Trial of the Tour de
Georgia. The individual time trial discipline has been part of the Tour since
2004. The exciting and highly anticipated Team Time Trial will replace the ITT
this year in Georgia. It is incorporated into stage racing occasionally, and was
last part of the Tour de France in 2005. This “race of truth” for teams was
reintroduced on American soil in 2007 at the International Tour de ‘Toona, and
had not been staged since the 1986 World Championships in Colorado Springs,
The Tour de Georgia will return for a second consecutive campaign as a
seven-day professional race and maintains its position on the international
cycling calendar as a major tune-up for July’s Tour de France. The Tour de
Georgia continues to be the longest weeklong stage race in North America with
over 650 miles of scenic byways and highways across the state. It is also one of
the highest ranked stage races outside of Europe with a 2.HC rating from the
Union Cycliste Internationale (international governing body of cycling) and is
one of the top races on the USA Cycling Professional Tour.
“The Tour de Georgia is a race I love because of the amazing fans and how
well it fits in with my racing schedule. Being the best young rider in 2006 was
great, but winning the whole race in 2007 was the highlight of my racing career.
I am always asking my directors to do more races in the U.S. and I plan to be
back again in April,” said 2007 Tour de Georgia champion Janez Brajkovic, racing
in 2008 for the Astana Pro Cycling Team.
Team Announcements in January
The 2007 Tour included 120 athletes from 23 countries. Fifteen professional
cycling teams from around the world, each with eight athletes, will be extended
special invitations to participate in the event by Medalist Sports. By January
2008, an announcement is expected to describe the details of the projected
650-mile route and the top teams accepting invitations.
“The continued success of Tour de Georgia generates positive value for local
communities and the state and unparalleled enthusiasm for hundreds of thousands
of spectators who travel to these communities for this springtime sports
tradition. We are proud that the Tour de Georgia offers a prestigious level of
competition for world-class athletes, and an opportunity for many of our U.S.
based to perform on home soil,” Elizabeth Dewberry, the executive director for
the 2008 Tour de Georgia.
Since 2003 the Tour de Georgia has attracted 2.8 million spectators and
generated over $148 million in economic impact for the state of Georgia. The
event aligned with the Georgia Cancer Coalition in its first six years, to raise
both awareness and revenue across the state. In 2008 the official local
beneficiary will be with the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of
“It is virtually impossible to explain how important events like Tour de
Georgia are to the children of Atlanta and the surrounding southeastern region,”
stated Dr. William G. Woods, Director of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood
Disorders Service of Children’s. “Philanthropic events and organizations make it
possible for our staff of physicians and nurses to fight pediatric cancer and
blood disorders and get kids back to being kids.”
Details for each of the seven stages, including route details, maps, and
recommended viewing locations, are being planned by Medalist Sports. All
information will be posted on the official website,
www.tourdegeorgia.com. The new
website, created by AVF Creations, was launched in conjunction with the press
conference today. This website will be updated weekly with travel information,
volunteer opportunities and sponsor promotions for the event.
*The International Tour de ‘Toona in Pennsylvania held at 10.6-mile Team Time
Trial in 2007.
About the Tour de Georgia: The Tour de Georgia is North America’s premier,
professional cycling event and rolling festival of community activities. The
Tour was first held in 2003 and has become a spring tradition with a varying
route of over 650 miles of racing. Over 2.8 million spectators have traveled to
Georgia to watch the event in the past five years, and direct economic impact
has totaled over $148 million. The event is sanctioned by the Union Cycliste
Internationale (2.HC ranking), and is part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour
USA Cycling, Inc., making the event one of the top stage races for elite
athletes around the world. The Tour de Georgia is operated by a Board of
Directors and managed by Medalist Sports
www.medalistsports.com Route maps, host venue information, merchandise
offerings and sponsor news will soon be available for the 2008 event at the
official website, www.tourdegeorgia.com.
About Medalist Sports: Medalist Sports is a full-service international sports
marketing company. Medalist Sports specializes in the planning, promotion and
management of multi-day, multi-jurisdiction sports and special events. The
Medalist Sports team has experience in all facets of the successful management
and promotion of world-class sporting events. Clients and event experience
include the Tour de Georgia, Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Missouri, USA
Cycling Professional Championships and the Lance Armstrong Foundation/LiveStrong
Challenge Series. Medalist Sports’ headquarters are located south of metro
Atlanta at P.O. Box 415, Tyrone, GA 30290. The company website is
About Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service: The Aflac Cancer
Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a
national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow
transplant programs, serving infants to young adults. Recognized as one of the
top five pediatric cancer centers in the country by Child magazine, the Aflac
Cancer Center treats more than 325 new cancer patients each year and follows
more than 2,000 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood
disorders. The Aflac Cancer Center is one of many programs at Children’s
committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care,
research and education. Children’s, one of the top three pediatric healthcare
systems in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the
generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. Visit
www.aflaccancercenter.org or call
404-250-KIDS for more information.