Tour of Georgia - Toyota/United
Pro Team Profile
"We're Ready to Ride" Tony Cruz and Chris Baldwin lead the agressive Toyota/United Pro Squad.
After an explosive two months on the domestic cycling scene, including two
stage wins at the Amgen Tour of California, the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
heads south for the 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia.
"TUT" as they are sometimes called, brings a "Hit Squad" of riders to the
Georgia race, with Juan Jose Haedo ready to match sprints for the second time
this year with the Euro squads and the best of the Domestic scene in North
America. Haedo is just one blade in the "Swiss Army" knife of Frankie Andreu's
squad for line honors, with the "Cuban Missle" Ivan Dominguez a field sprinter
as capable of leading out a team mate in a sprint as charging to the line on his
own behalf. Chances are you won't find many bookies that will give you odds on
TUT and their chances to rocket one of their sprinters to stage wins.
J.J. Haedo in Santa Rosa Tour of California photo c. Mark Adkison
Tony Cruz is no stranger to stage races having ridden with the USPostal team
in support of Lance Armstrong; and should be a contender with solid support from
Blackgrove, England, Sullivan and Friedick.
Chris Baldwin 2nd in Redlands photo c. www.dailypeloton.com
If time trials are your cup of tea keep an eye on Blackgrove and Baldwin to
make a move to the front of the pack to fight for podium honors, Baldwin as
co-leader could seal his leadership in a well timed and fortuitous day against
The domestic team, will bring an A-list squad to the race, including
Co-Captain Tony Cruz, U.S. Time Trial Champion Chris Baldwin, former New Zealand
National Champion Heath Blackgrove, Pan Am Games Champion Ivan Dominguez,
established climber and Tour de Georgia veteran Justin England, former Multi US
National Champion Mariano Friedick, noted Australian racer Sean Sullivan, and
National Argentinean Champion and two-time Amgen Tour of California stage
winner, Juan Jose “J.J.” Haedo.
78 BALDWIN, Chris TUT USA
81 BLACKGROVE, Heath TUT NZL
82 CRUZ, Antonio TUT USA
83 ENGLAND, Justin TUT USA
84 HAEDO, Juan Jose TUT ARG
85 DOMINGUEZ, Ivan TUT CUB
86 SULLIVAN, Sean TUT AUS
87 FRIEDICK, Mariano TUT USA
Coached by Team Directors Frankie Andreu and Harm Jansen, Toyota-United is
rapidly earning a reputation as a fierce and skillful competitor in the field.
Powered by an incredible group of cyclists, the team has continued to exhibit
its depth, speed, strategy and ability to win races since launching in early
February as one of the most anticipated teams in domestic cycling history.
“It’s been a great season to date for Toyota-United,” said Team Owner Sean
Tucker. “The Ford Tour de Georgia is a world-class event and one of the
highlights on the National Racing Calendar. We’re excited to compete against
these top cyclists over the course of the race.”
While Team Director Harm Jansen anticipates a challenging ride he is
confident Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team will go the distance by combining great
team work and determination to make an impact at this year’s event.
“We’ve gotten some races under our belt since the Amgen
Tour of California,” said Jansen.
J.J., Chris, Heath, Mariano, Tony and the rest of the team have had fantastic
races. We are becoming more aggressive and we’ve built our confidence. We’re
ready to ride.”
Frankie Andreu: The team is in fighting form.
“From the beginning of the year we’ve targeted the Ford
Tour de Georgia as one of our main goals,” said Andreu. “We plan to be active in
this race to ensure the results we want --wins early in the flat stages and
strength in the mountains. We’re aggressive, our strategy is strong, now we’re
just going to race hard and have some fun.”
Toyota-United will engage fans at the finish line of each race by offering
team gear, memberships, special meet and greet sessions and autograph signings
at the Toyota/United Pro motor coach. Cycling enthusiasts should look for the
Toyota-United motor coach at the start and finish lines daily.