Ford Tour de Georgia
Welcome to the Daily Peloton Coverage of the 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia
There is a new title sponsor and some new teams in the 4th edition of the Tour de
Georgia, but one thing will definitely not change: a week of fine racing is upon us
as we prepare to travel the back roads of Georgia and enjoy the hospitality of the South.
The Ford Tour de Georgia is North America's only Hors Classe (2.HC) professional
stage race. The six-day, six-stage race begins in Augusta, GA on Tuesday, April 18.
The race will begin with two relatively flat stages, followed by a brutal time
trail stage into Chattanooga, TN, marking the first time the race has ventured
out of the state. Stages four and five will take the racers to the
mountains of northern Georgia, with the Queen Stage mountain top finish at the
inspiring Brasstown Bald. The final stage will roll into Alpharetta, GA on
Sunday, April 23, and will include the
infamous finishing circuits which make for a thrilling conclusion to six
days of racing.
All in all, the cyclists will cover more
than six hundred miles over the state of Georgia as the
contenders vie to wear the Yellow Jersey of the South.
Stage by Stage
Stage One, 128.9 miles/207.4 km
Tuesday, April 18: Augusta, GA to Macon, GA
Start 11:30 am--Finish 4:14-5:00 pm
Both stages one and two are familiar territory for the cyclists as they pedal
through the Historic South and into the rolling terrain of South Metro Atlanta.
There are three sprint lines in stage one and two in stage two, along with a Cat
4 climb up Clocktower Hill near the finish in Rome, GA as the first King of the
Mountain competition climb.
Photos of Stage One, 2005, courtesy of Celia Cole
Winner of Stage One, 2005, Robert Hunter (Phonak)
Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is the
second largest and oldest city in Georgia. While Augusta is known worldwide for
The Masters® and the coveted green jacket, it is also known as the "Garden City"
of the South. Discover the historic charm of Augusta's tree-lined streets and
antebellum mansions. Enjoy shops, restaurants and cultural and historical
attractions. Canoe the Savannah River or the adjacent Augusta Canal. Stroll
Riverwalk Augusta along the banks of the Savannah River. Whatever you decide,
you will have plenty of opportunities to Play Augusta!
Macon, located just over an hour south of Atlanta, enjoys
diverse cultures, beautiful architecture, world-renowned music heritage and
thriving arts and educational opportunities. Known as the "Cherry Blossom
Capital of the World," Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival
each spring under a canopy of blossoms from 285,000 Yoshino cherry trees, more
than any other city in the world. Antebellum mansions, Indian mounds, the
Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Tubman African
American Museum, good Southern food and friendly people are waiting to host you
To view a printable copy of the race log for Stage One, visit Race log
Stage Two, 116.1 miles/186.9 km
Wednesday, April 19: Fayetteville, GA to Rome, GA
Start 1:30 pm--Finish 5:40-6:30 pm
Last year's action saw the affable Andrea Tafi off the front of the peloton with
80 km to go. Although swallowed up by the group just prior to entering the
finishing circuits in Rome, Tafi's courageous move ended up contributing to his
winning of the Most Aggressive Rider jersey in the General Classification.
Stage Two, 2005. Photos courtesy of Celia Cole
Winner Stage 2, 2005, Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner)
Established in 1823, the city of Fayetteville is rich with
historic culture. With its close proximity to Metropolitan Atlanta and Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, an abundance of historic landmarks,
and a thriving Main Street and business community, Fayetteville is an inviting
city. Enjoy a concert at the Villages Amphitheater, take a tour of the historic
Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House or stroll around the grounds of the city's signature
landmark…its beautiful, historic courthouse, the oldest in the state. Whether
you come for business or pleasure - there's much to see and do in Fayetteville!
Rome, located in the Northwest Region of Georgia, stands at the
foothills of the Appalachian mountain chain and is surrounded by seven hills and
three rivers. Centrally located near Atlanta, Chattanooga and Birmingham, Rome
gives visitors the feel of a small European village, yet treats them to the
gentle welcoming nature of the American South. Culture flourishes here, from the
South's Oldest Symphony to a thriving local community theatre. History lives
here, not only in the downtown buildings and homes, but in four very unique
museums. Whether it's a leisurely day spent on Rome's rivers, a golf outing at
Stonebridge, a weekend festival or just a walk in the park with a friend, there
is plenty to see and lots to do.
To view a printable copy of the race log for Stage Two, visit
Visit the official website here: 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia
Take a look back at the stages and the results from 2005 Tour de Georgia
Additional articles on the 2006
Ford Tour de Georgia:
Team Rosters and profiles
A New Look for the Winner's Jerseys