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Tour of Georgia - Health Net/Maxxis Team Profile
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Date: 4/18/2006
Tour of Georgia - Health Net/Maxxis Team Profile

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.

Health Net/Maxxis
58 O'NEILL, Nathan HNM AUS
62 SAYERS, Michael HNM USA
65 O'BEE, Kirk 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 "All Tazmanian" 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 team 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 season.

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.

Roster changes
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 places.

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