Tour of Georgia - Health Net/Maxxis Team Profile
A last minute change in roster as Health Net reshuffles the deck and still comes
up with Aces for the Georgia holdem game.
Health Net presented by Maxxis (USA)
Health Net presented by Maxxis has been the top ranked squad in the U.S. with a
step up to Professional Continental Team ranking this year, returns to a race
they know they can impact.
Health Net/Maxxis' Gord Fraser of Canada, a multiple stage winner at the Tour de
Georgia and one of the most consistent winners of the North American peloton
returns with new signing for 2006, Nathan O'Neil . O'Neil a multiple Australian
Champion and current time trial Champ will lead the team in it's typical no
nonsense team tactic sacrificing everything to win the race. Kiwi's Greg
Henderson (who won last year's Maxxis Sprint leader's jersey) and Hayden Godfrey
are sidelined for the tour due to injury and illness, see below.
58 O'NEILL, Nathan HNM AUS
61 FRASER, Gord HNM CAN
62 SAYERS, Michael HNM USA
63 LOUDER, Jeff HNM USA
64 MENZIES, Karl HNM AUS
65 O'BEE, Kirk HNM USA
66 OLLERENSHAW, Doug HNM USA
67 JOHNSON, Tim HNM USA
Nathan O'Neill of Australia, third in the
G.C at the 2003 when he was on the Saturn team with Chris Horner who won the
race and Tom Danielson who finished 6th. He was back in 2005 after an injury
sidelined him in 2004, with the Navigators squad to finish 8th. O'Neil announced
his form earlier last month by doing a blistering time trial to take his seventh
national championship. An in form O'Neil can't be denied as one of the
major threats to the G.C. this year. Watch O'Neil in the time trial where he
makes his bid against Zabriskie and Landis.
Speaking of form a quick look at the roster and Karl
Menzies from Tazmania is fresh off a close second at the
day podium at the fast Sea Otter Classic Laguna Seca Road Race. Menzies is one
tough rider that loves to attack and like Kirk O'Bee,
Tim Johnson, and
Jeff Louder have experience racing on the other sides of the "ponds"
on either side of the USA.
Doug Ollerenshaw is a rider with all
round capabilities and well suited to hard climbs and multiple day stage races;
don't be surprised to see Ollerenshaw on a flyer or leading a break when it
serves the tactical advantage for the team.
Mike Sayers is the big dog on the team as
Thierry Attias team owner said at the
presentation earlier this year, "One thing that is really good about this
squad here is that there is a real pecking order, with Mike (Sayers) there, you
do not ride any less than 100% on this team or these guys are up your butt, sooo
fast. Its like a family of sled dogs who aren't pulling your weight; the big dog
will tell you you're not doing it."
Sayers is an on the road captain that gets the best out of the team and sets the
standard of giving it all up on the road.
No doubt Health Net/Maxxis has the credentials and talent to be the a threat to
the G.C. and collect stage wins.
Henderson and Roulston Scratched from Tour Roster
The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will be without the services
of its two New Zealanders in the near-term.
Greg Henderson will be out for several weeks
after suffering a fractured hip in a crash during the McLane Pacific Downtown
Criterium. Initially the injury was thought to be a deep contusion, but after
several weeks without improvement, x-rays showed a femoral head fracture.
Henderson is expected to make a full recovery, and will return to racing this
Hayden Roulston will be out indefinitely
after contracting a viral illness shortly after his silver-medal winning
performance in the points race at the Commonwealth Games, March 17. Doctors are
continuing to monitor his recovery in his native New Zealand.
The team wishes both athletes a speedy and full recovery.
For the Ford Tour de Georgia, Mike Sayers and Tim Johnson will replace Roulston
and Henderson. For Europe, Garrett Peltonen and Jeff Louder will ride in their