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Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage 3 More...
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Date: 4/22/2004
Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage 3 More...

Stage 3: Carrollton to Rome, 125 km

Lance at the start of Stage 1 earlier this week. Photo by Doug Arnold.

See more photos from stage 1 and 2 here.

Report by Marianne Werz O'Brien

Jelly Belly's Ben Brooks was third today behind Ivan Dominguez (the new race leader) and Lance Armstrong, who won the stage. Ben is also now in 6th place on the General Classification - ahead of him are no less than Dominguez, Fraser, Cipollini, Armstrong and Voigt (in that order). So Ben is in some rare company...

Stage 3 podium: Ivan Dominguez, Lance Armstrong, Ben Brooks. By Marianne Werz O'Brien. Click for larger image.

The DP chatted briefly with Ben as he rested in his hotel room this afternoon. Asked if he found having the Euro-pros here had ratcheted up the level of competition, "Probably not," was his reply. "It's just made the racing more controlled. Domina and Cipo's riders have controlled the pace, which has actually kind of made it easier for the rest of us. We can just sit in the bunch. In that regard it is easier, at least in the first few days than, say, Redlands or Pomona but I'm sure that will all change tomorrow when we actually have to race up mountains."

Asked him about the upcoming timetrial: "Hopefully Armstrong isn't chasing me. A lot of the guys are kind of nervous about the timetrial because its a pretty hard course. Any guy who doesn't give it full gas could be in trouble." When asked if he was looking forward to the timetrial, Ben laughed and said "No, not really."

A second stage in a single day? "It's kind of hard, but we have a number of stage races in Australia where it's a double stage almost every day. So it's hard, but it's equally hard on everyone."

Seen and Heard...

A local favorite - the Jittery Joe guys hit the hill to chants from the crowd - "WE LOVE COFFEE!!!"

Today's hero has to be Ofoto's Jackson Stewart. Rider #128 took off early and had a two minute lead on the peloton for nearly half the race. I saw him dead last as he hit the base of the hill for the second lap. He was struggling to make the climb, attempting to flatten it out by riding from one side of the road across to the other in a jagged criss-cross. Slowly but surely he edged up the climb. The crowd was cheering him on as if he were still on a monumental breakaway! Georgia hospitality at its finest! Several of the other riders commented on his great ride today.

Armstrong Comments on his Sprint Victory
Courtesy of the Tour de Georgia

Was this win planned?
Armstrong: “No plan. We knew the circuits were hard, and we wanted to stay in front. It was not a plan to try and win the stage. They (the circuits) were harder than we’d anticipated and more technical, so it just worked out. I found the right wheel and in the last 500 meters I thought maybe I’d go for a time bonus, which, you never know, always can help. I found myself coming around. It was a surprise.”

How does this win affect your time trial position tonight?
Armstrong: “The biggest difference is you have more recovery. If I moved up 20 position places, with the last 10 guys at two minutes, it could be another half-hour or 45 minutes of rest. This was a long morning stage. Normally they’re about 50 or 60 miles and not 75 or 80, so you have to consider that recovery is important. I’m going to go with Johan (Bruyneel, director sportif) and see the course, eat lunch, put my legs up.”

How do you feel for tonight’s TT?
Armstrong: “I think the legs are pretty good, but they’re not super. I haven’t raced in a while, so I don’t know my full condition. We’ll find out tonight.”

Walk us through the last kilometer.
Armstrong: “The best guys were on the front. It was (Chris) Horner…it was George (Hincapie), (Juan) Dominguez and me. We were marking each other on that final climb. Had I been in 10th position, I wouldn’t have gone for it, but I was in fifth. It’s a surprise to win. It’s always nice to win. I’m really surprised. When I finished, I started thinking about tonight’s time trial.”

You don’t usually go for a sprint win.
Armstrong: “This is a whole other art, here. It’s crazy. I’m glad I don’t do it for a living. You can tell these guys are used to racing this style of races. In those races you have no friends, you have no allies, and you have no brakes. In Europe it’s very different. There’s a different hierarchy in the European peloton, and most guys use their brakes over there a little more.”

What are your impressions of the Dodge Tour de Georgia?
Armstrong: “The race has been super, the weather has been great, the people have been fantastic… the support, passing elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, kids coming out with teachers in the communities…it’s been fantastic. It’s nice to come home, so to speak.”

The jersey podium: Mark Walters (Navigators), Ivan Dominguez (Colavita), Nieko Biskner (Ofoto). By Marianne Werz O'Brien. Click for larger image.


1. Armstrong Lance Usp 2.41'42"
2. Dominguez Ivan Cob m.t.
3. Brooks Benjamin Jel
4. Hincapie George Usp
5. Mori Massimiliano Dve
6. Julich Bobby Csc
7. Jacques-Maynes Ben Sie
8. Ollerenshaw Doug Jel
9. Horner Chris Web
10. Dionne Charles Web
11. Fraser Gordon Hnc
12. Power Ciaran Nic
13. Mitchell Glen Sie
14. Clinger David Dve
15. Voigt Jens Csc
16. Ravaioli Ivan Tbl
17. Lieswyn John Hnc
18. Baldwin Christopher Nic
19. Ekimov Viatcheslav Usp
20. Larkin Tim Ofo
21. Bucciero Antonio Mx1
22. Timochine Mikhail Lan
23. Cipollini Mario Dve
24. Biskner Nieko Ofo
25. Wherry Chris Hnc
26. Ayestaran Odriozola Imanol Web
27. Haedo Juan Jose Cob
28. O'Bee Kirk Nic
29. Frischkorn William Cob
30. Perras Dominique Ofo
31. Albers Kirk Jel
32. Bruun Eriksen Thomas Csc
33. Wohlberg Eric Sie
34. Marinangeli Sergio Dve
35. Pate Danny Hnc
36. Hamby Russell Sie
37. Davidenko Vassili Nic
38. Moninger Scott Hnc
39. Zajicek Phil Nic
40. Cruz Antonio Usp
41. Rincon Daniel Usp
42. Bernucci Lorenzo Lan
43. Padrnos Pavel Usp
44. Metlushenko Yuri Lan
45. Kluck Damon Usp
46. Hartley Chad Jit
47. Commesso Salvatore Mx1
48. Madsen Jimmi Csc
49. Bellotti Francesco Tbl
50. Grajales Calle Cesar Jit
51. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose Mx1
52. Bouchard-Hall Kevin Usa
53. Bergman Adam Jel
54. Lewis Craig Usa
55. Vandborg Brian Csc
56. Henderson Gregory Hnc
57. Lechuga Ernesto Jel
58. Scirea Mario Dve
59. Olson Aaron Cob
60. Adamsson Stefan Tbl
61. Walters Mark Nic
62. Duggan Timothy Usa
63. Creed Michael Usp
64. Rosenbarger Jacob Jit
65. Dulin Thad Cob
66. Bowman Daniel Usa
67. England Justin Web
68. Mattis James Web
69. Johnson Tim Mx1
70. Lagutin Sergey Lan
71. Klikna Jason Sie (all same time)
72. Murphy John Jit at 25"
73. Manion Caleb Jel m.t.
74. George David Tbl m.t.
75. Bausch Jason Ofo m.t.
76. Hagenlocher Marc Web m.t.
77. Wren Tyler Cob m.t.
78. Pearce Colby Usa m.t.
79. Herriott Todd Cob m.t.
80. Zwizanski Scott Ofo m.t.
81. Sciandri Maximilian Csc m.t.
82. Haldeman Benjamin Web m.t.
83. Artacho Gustavo Cob m.t.
84. Sayers Mike Hnc m.t.
85. Schneider James Jit m.t.
86. Sullivan Sean Tbl m.t.
87. Galletti Alessio Dve m.t.
88. Durand Jacky Lan at 40"
89. Lombardi Giovanni Dve m.t.
90. Vogels Henk Nic m.t.
91. Capelle Ludovic Lan m.t.
92. Louder Jeff Nic m.t.
93. Saunders Erik Ofo m.t.
94. Gillespie Stuart Usa m.t.
95. Caldwell Blake Usa 52"
96. Lopinto Peter Ofo 1'00"
97. Dubberley Matt Sie 1'00"
98. Magnell Sterling Sie 1'07"
99. Ellis Paul Jel 1'07"
100. Candelario Alex Jel 1'40"
101. Gavazzi Nicola Mx1 3'08"
102. Degano Enrico Tbl m.t.
103. Stafford Ben Web m.t.
104. Piil Jakob Csc m.t.
105. Secchiari Francesco Dve m.t.
106. McCartney Jason Hnc m.t.
107. Perry James Lewis Tbl m.t.
108. Sundt Jonathan Jit 3'59"
109. Lawler Jesse Jit 4'23"
110. Pic Christopher Jit 4'23"
111. Macgregor Ian Usa 5'52"
112. Stewart Jackson Ofo 5'52

General Classification after Stage 3

1. Dominguez Ivan Cob 10.41'09"
2. Fraser Gordon Hnc 1"
3. Cipollini Mario Dve 6"
4. Armstrong Lance Usp 10"
5. Voigt Jens Csc 12"
6. Brooks Benjamin Jel 14"
7. Hincapie George Usp 16"
8. Julich Bobby Csc 16"
9. Dionne Charles Web 16"
10. Biskner Nieko Ofo 16"
11. Clinger David Dve 16"
12. Ollerenshaw Doug Jel 16"
13. Albers Kirk Jel 16"
14. Davidenko Vassili Nic 16"
15. Metlushenko Yuri Lan 16"
16. Jacques-Maynes Ben Sie 16"
17. Ekimov Viatcheslav Usp 16"
18. Commesso Salvatore Mx1 16"
19. Horner Chris Web 16"
20. Hamby Russell Sie 16"
21. Ayestaran Odriozola Imanol Web 16"
22. Bucciero Antonio Mx1 16"
23. Baldwin Christopher Nic 16"
24. Henderson Gregory Hnc 16"
25. Bruun Eriksen Thomas Csc 16"
26. Power Ciaran Nic 16"
27. Cruz Antonio Usp 16"
28. Grajales Calle Cesar Jit 16"
29. Ravaioli Ivan Tbl 16"
30. Padrnos Pavel Usp 16"
31. Wherry Chris Hnc 16"
32. Bernucci Lorenzo Lan 16"
33. Frischkorn William Cob 16"
34. Lieswyn John Hnc 16"
35. Wohlberg Eric Sie 16"
36. Kluck Damon Usp 16"
37. Perras Dominique Ofo 16"
38. Bergman Adam Jel 16"
39. Madsen Jimmi Csc 16"
40. Olson Aaron Cob 16"
41. Mori Massimiliano Dve 16"
42. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose Mx1 16"
43. Vandborg Brian Csc 16"
44. Marinangeli Sergio Dve 16"
45. Bellotti Francesco Tbl 16"
46. Rosenbarger Jacob Jit 16"
47. Zajicek Phil Nic 16"
48. Rincon Daniel Usp 16"
49. Pate Danny Hnc 16"
50. Johnson Tim Mx1 16"
51. Walters Mark Nic 16"
52. Creed Michael Usp 16"
53. Duggan Timothy Usa 16"
54. Klikna Jason Sie 16"
55. Lechuga Ernesto Jel 16"
56. Mattis James Web 16"
57. Dulin Thad Cob 16"
58. Scirea Mario Dve 16"
59. Manion Caleb Jel 41"
60. Sciandri Maximilian Csc 41"
61. Wren Tyler Cob 41"
62. George David Tbl 41"
63. Pearce Colby Usa 41"
64. Sayers Mike Hnc 41"
65. Herriott Todd Cob 41"
66. Galletti Alessio Dve 41"
67. Haedo Juan Jose Cob 45"
68. Hartley Chad Jit 45"
69. Adamsson Stefan Tbl 45"
70. Moninger Scott Hnc 45"
71. Lombardi Giovanni Dve 56"
72. Saunders Erik Ofo 56"
73. Gillespie Stuart Usa 56"
74. England Justin Web 58"
75. Bowman Daniel Usa 1'02"
76. Bouchard-Hall Kevin Usa 1'02"
77. Artacho Gustavo Cob 1'10"
78. Timochine Mikhail Lan 1'21"
79. Durand Jacky Lan 1'25"
80. Louder Jeff Nic 1'25"
81. Schneider James Jit 1'27"
82. Lewis Craig Usa 1'31"
83. Mitchell Glen Sie 1'41"
84. O'bee Kirk Nic 1'41"
85. Hagenlocher Marc Web 1'44"
86. Haldeman Benjamin Web 1'46"
87. Zwizanski Scott Ofo 1'46"
88. Sullivan Sean Tbl 1'46"
89. Ellis Paul Jel 1'52"
90. Dubberley Matt Sie 2'02"
91. Caldwell Blake Usa 2'13"
92. Lagutin Sergey Lan 2'24"
93. Candelario Alex Jel 2'25"
94. Murphy John Jit 2'41"
95. Vogels Henk Nic 2'41"
96. Bausch Jason Ofo 2'49"
97. Capelle Ludovic Lan 3'04"
98. Lopinto Peter Ofo 3'16"
99. Degano Enrico Tbl 3'24"
100. Magnell Sterling Sie 3'48"
101. Gavazzi Nicola Mx1 4'20"
102. Stafford Ben Web 4'29"
103. Pic Christopher Jit 4'39"
104. Larkin Tim Ofo 5'02"
105. Secchiari Francesco Dve 5'32"
106. Perry James Lewis Tbl 5'32"
107. Stewart Jackson Ofo 6'08"
108. Lawler Jesse Jit 6'13"
109. Piil Jakob Csc 6'13"
110. Mccartney Jason Hnc 8'48"
111. Sundt Jonathan Jit 10'30"
112. Macgregor Ian Usa 15'24"

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