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Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage 6 Updated
 
By Staff
Date: 4/24/2004
Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage 6 Updated
 

Stage 6: Athens - Hiawassee/Young Harris, 206.4 km


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Jittery Joe's great Colombian climber Cesar Grajales won today's Stage 6 of the Dodge Tour de Georgia, with Jens Voigt (CSC) and Lance Armstrong (US Postal-Berry Floor) rounding out the stage podium.

Grajales started out today's stage in 17th, down 3:24, so he was not a threat to the GC, but a great victory today nonetheless for the coffee cup boys (Jittery Joe's is a Georgia team, and more than one coffee cup has been seen drawn on the roads of the Tour). And we humbly point out that Crazy Jane tipped Grajales for the mountains...

“It is huge for our team because we are the local team,” said Grajales. “We are maybe the smallest team in the group so this is just amazing for us. Everyone knows that Lance (Armstrong) has different goals – the Tour de France. For me, this is the biggest race in the United States, the Tour de Georgia, and I was training for this day three months ago.”

Grajales was not without his challenges today: teammate Jake Rosenbarger abandoned, and Grajales flatted at 12 miles to go, just at the base of the final climb. But with the slower pace he was able to catch back on.

"I was able to get back to the group without any type of problem," Grajales said. "I had a flat before the time trial (Thursday) coming into the circuit. That time I had a hard time catching the group."

As Grajales said, he has been training for this for months, and had ridden Brasstown Bald five times prior to today. He attacked with two miles to go and managed to escape Armstrong, Voigt and Horner.

Race leader Lance Armstrong, who said he was unfamiliar with the terrain, gave Grajales props: "He was very strong. That was a maximum effort on my part and on Jens' part, and we couldn't catch him, so, very, very impressive. Good for him."

Erik Saunders of Ofoto wrote on his website yesterday that Gord Fraser was heckling him for missing the break on Stage 5, so Erik says, "We will make sure that we don't miss the break two days in a row..."

Erik Saunders, prior to today's stage, said, "It's going to be a hard stage, because it keeps going up. There are a lot of rollers, but the overall altitude keeps increasing. How it plays out really all depends on how hard the lead teams are pushing."

He said that if the pace is really high the peloton can be split apart on the first climb, but regardless there will be a massive fracture by the end.

He also said, "It depends on who attacks Lance, basically. Because Postal doesn't need to power on and show everybody how strong they are and just motor everybody off the back, but they will if guys are attacking them. They will take control and calm things down, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

Indeed, Erik was good on his word, breaking away today at 22 miles out with Bruun Eriksen (CSC), Ivan Ravaioli (Barloworld), Alessio Galletti (Domina), Jeff Louder (Navigators), Todd Herriott (Colavita), Gord Fraser (Health Net), Paul Ellis (Jelly Belly) and Russell Hamby (Sierra Nevada). Durand later joined the break.

Fraser, Durand, and Saunders were 1,2,3 through the first sprint, and the group's lead hovered around 3 minutes on the pack for the next 50 miles. At that point Galletti attacked his breakaway companions and went solo. The break came apart around the 100 mile mark while Galletti maintained a three minute lead to the beginning of the climb. The final 20 kms of climbing sorted out the race with finality.

Canadian Gord Fraser picked up sprinters points for the day to retake the orange sprinter's jersey from the Cuban Missile Ivan Dominguez. Yesterday afternoon, Ivan said at the press conference yesterday that he felt unalbe to wear the jersey, it belonged to Gord. This is because Ivan was outside time by a few seconds yesterday (the crowd screamed and cheered for him to be allowed to stay in the race), so today Ivan rode in the team jersey, not the sprinter's jersey.

Kevin Bouchard-Hall of TIAA-CREF retained the Powerade Best Young Rider jersey for the second consecutive day. Jason McCartney (USA) of Health Net presented by MAXXIS was awarded the Georgia Power King of the Mountain jersey for the second day.

On Brasstown Bald Mountain DP's correspondent Cathy Mehl reported warm but pleasant temperatures today, a mass of spectators (and later a traffic jam that included "Elvis" handing out Mardi Gras beads from his white limo) and utterly knackered riders struggling up the ascent.

As Durand and Cipollini came up the road, they were shouting at the spectators, "Give me a push, give me a push!" which the spectators gladly did. Cathy said some of the riders would stare spectators straight in the eye with the look on their face which said, "I'm gonna die..."


In a pose that pretty much sums up the difficulty of today's stage, Sierra Nevada's Russell Hamby crosses the finish...
Photo by Marianne Werz O'Brien. Click for larger image.


Oh my God, we did it...Two Navigators riders.
Photo by Marianne Werz O'Brien. Click for larger image.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow's Stage 7 loops around the northern central part of Georgia, with a fair bit of climbing early on, though nothing like the past two days. The stage starts in Dawsonville and finishes with four city circuit laps in Alpharetta before the final podium .


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Armstong and Grajales on the podium. Photo by Marianne Werz O'Brien. Click for larger image.


The jersey wearers. Photo by Marianne Werz O'Brien. Click for larger image.

Results

1. Grajales Calle Cesar Jit 5.16'29" 
2. Voigt Jens Csc 17"
3. Armstrong Lance Usp 17"
4. Horner Chris Web 27"
5. Moninger Scott Hnc 1'02"
6. Julich Bobby Csc 1'08"
7. Marinangeli Sergio Dve 1'20"
8. Ekimov Viatcheslav Usp 1'45"
9. England Justin Web 1'58"
10. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose Mx1 2'06"
11. Bergman Adam Jel 2'21"
12. Brooks Benjamin Jel 2'35"
13. Lieswyn John Hnc 3'04"
14. Bellotti Francesco Tbl 3'04"
15. Lechuga Ernesto Jel 3'09"
16. Larkin Tim Ofo 3'29"
17. Rincon Daniel Usp 3'36"
18. Vandborg Brian Csc 3'39"
19. Perras Dominique Ofo 3'39"
20. Zajicek Phil Nic 3'39"
21. Pate Danny Hnc 3'51" 
22. Commesso Salvatore Mx1 3'59"
23. Wohlberg Eric Sie 4'03"
24. Jacques-Maynes Ben Sie 4'29"
25. Dionne Charles Web 4'34"
26. Bouchard-Hall Kevin Usa 4'49"
27. McCartney Jason Hnc 4'53"
28. Baldwin Christopher Nic 4'53"
29. Frischkorn William Cob 5'06"
30. Johnson Tim Mx1 6'13"
31. Galletti Alessio Dve 6'13"
32. Madsen Jimmi Csc 6'27"
33. Ayestaran Odriozola Imanol Web 7'12"
34. Ollerenshaw Doug Jel 7'26"
35. Manion Caleb Jel 7'26"
36. Hincapie George Usp 7'33"
37. George David Tbl 7'33"
38. Duggan Timothy Usa 7'39"
39. Bowman Daniel Usa 7'55"
40. Wherry Chris Hnc 8'15"
41. Adamsson Stefan Tbl 8'19"
42. Herriott Todd Cob 8'42"
43. Timochine Mikhail Lan 8'48"
44. Sciandri Maximilian Csc 9'04"
45. Ellis Paul Jel 10'10"
46. Zwizanski Scott Ofo 10'37"
47. Piil Jakob Csc 11'08"
48. Haldeman Benjamin Web 11'35"
49. Hamby Russell Sie 11'57"
50. Padrnos Pavel Usp 12'19"
51. Henderson Gregory Hnc 12'27"
52. Sayers Mike Hnc 12'27"
53. Fraser Gordon Hnc 12'27"
54. Durand Jacky Lan 12'59"
55. Dominguez Ivan Cob 13'18"
56. Cruz Antonio Usp 13'25"
57. Louder Jeff Nic 13'25"
58. Ravaioli Ivan Tbl 13'52"
59. Sullivan Sean Tbl 13'59"
60. Bruun Eriksen Thomas Csc 17'26"
61. Creed Michael Usp 17'31"
62. Dulin Thad Cob 17'43"
63. Mattis James Web 17'48"
64. Wren Tyler Cob 17'48"
65. Mori Massimiliano Dve 17'48"
66. Metlushenko Yuri Lan 17'57"
67. Hartley Chad Jit 18'04"
68. Schneider James Jit 18'04"
69. Klikna Jason Sie 18'04"
70. Secchiari Francesco Dve 18'04"
71. Cipollini Mario Dve 18'04"
72. Stewart Jackson Ofo 18'13"
73. Lagutin Sergey Lan 18'17"
74. Clinger David Dve 18'21"
75. Scirea Mario Dve 18'25"
76. Bausch Jason Ofo 18'25"
77. Lombardi Giovanni Dve 18'50"
78. Davidenko Vassili Nic 18'50"
79. Gavazzi Nicola Mx1 19'00"
80. Kluck Damon Usp 19'00"
81. Walters Mark Nic 19'00"
82. Olson Aaron Cob 19'12"
83. Power Ciaran Nic 19'35"
84. Vogels Henk Nic 19'35"
85. Gillespie Stuart Usa 19'35"
86. Artacho Gustavo Cob 19'35"
87. Candelario Alex Jel 19'43"
88. Lawler Jesse Jit 19'49"
89. Degano Enrico Tbl 20'05"
90. Haedo Juan Jose Cob 20'11"
91. Saunders Erik Ofo 20'11"
92. Capelle Ludovic Lan 20'20"
93. Albers Kirk Jel 20'46"
94. Caldwell Blake Usa 21'01" 

General Classification after Stage 6

1. Armstrong Lance Usp 22.19'05"
2. Voigt Jens Csc 24"
3. Horner Chris Web 1'01"
4. Julich Bobby Csc 1'57"
5. Ekimov Viatcheslav Usp 2'59"
6. Grajales Calle Cesar Jit 3'07"
7. Moninger Scott Hnc 3'44"
8. Marinangeli Sergio Dve 4'06"
9. Vandborg Brian Csc 4'52"
10. Wohlberg Eric Sie 5'25"
11. Bergman Adam Jel 5'27"
12. Lieswyn John Hnc 5'38"
13. Zajicek Phil Nic 5'54"
14. Baldwin Christopher Nic 6'13"
15. Brooks Benjamin Jel 6'17"
16. Pate Danny Hnc 6'17"
17. Perras Dominique Ofo 6'26"
18. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose Mx1 6'42"
19. Bellotti Francesco Tbl 7'07"
20. England Justin Web 7'13"
21. Lechuga Ernesto Jel 7'39"
22. Jacques-Maynes Ben Sie 8'07"
23. Frischkorn William Cob 8'16"
24. Rincon Daniel Usp 8'41"
25. Commesso Salvatore Mx1 9'38"
...
26. Dionne Charles Web 9'53"
27. Hincapie George Usp 9'53"
37. Wherry Chris Hnc 15'03"
41. George David Tbl 19'23"
44. Timochine Mikhail Lan 21'40"
45. Scirea Mario Dve 22'26"
50. Lagutin Sergey Lan 25'46"
52. Vogels Henk Nic 26'35"
57. Piil Jakob Csc 29'01"
60. Fraser Gordon Hnc 29'52"
65. Durand Jacky Lan 32'16"
68. Candelario Alex Jel 34'07"
72. Cipollini Mario Dve 37'23"
77. Clinger David Dve 37'44"
78. Creed Michael Usp 37'59"
80. Lombardi Giovanni Dve 38'29"
84. Saunders Erik Ofo 39'26"
91. Capelle Ludovic Lan 43'34"
94. Dominguez Ivan Cob 50'59"

Teams Classification after Stage 6

1. Team CSC 67.04'32"
2. US Postal Service Presented By Berry Floor 1'39"
3. Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented By Maxxis 5'42"
4. Webcor Cycling Team 9'27"
5. Jelly Belly-Aramark 12'08"
6. Navigators Insurance Cycling Team 22'16"
7. Ofoto Cycling Team 26'40"
8. Sierra Nevada Cycling 27'35"
9. Domina Vacanze 28'07"
10. Team Barloworld - Androni Giocattoli 29'57"
11. Saeco-Saunier Duval-Prodir/Mixed Team 34'26"
12. USA National 38'03"
13. Colavita Olive Oil Pro Cycling Team Presented By Bolla Wines 40'07"
14. Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 1.06'42"
15. Jittery Joe's Cycling Team 1.08'35" 

Thanks to Dodge Tour de Georgia, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

 
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