Full Georgia route revealed

The organisers of the Dodge Tour de Georgia have unveiled full details of next month's race, where L

The organisers of the Dodge Tour de Georgia have unveiled full details of next month's race, where L
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The organisers of the Tour de Georgia have announced full stage details of what is now firmly established as the premier stage race in North America. The race takes place on April 19-24 and includes six-time Tour de France winner and defending Georgia champion Lance Armstrong among its likely competitors. "Devoted race fans from across the globe as well as those new to pro cycling are excited to see Lance Armstrong and his Discovery Channel team defend his 2004 title and face the challenge from the world's best, including the top ProTour teams," said Stan Holm, executive director of the Dodge Tour de Georgia Holm continued: "The cyclists likewise are excited about this year's race and are preparing for a demanding course. Every year we hear from them about how much they love the race course. Adding Brasstown Bald Mountain in 2004 was an eye-opener for the world, and this year's course will be the best yet, promising excitement, drama and fierce competition right from the start." Course details: Stage 1, Augusta-Macon (207.4km) Start: 11.30am Stage begins in Augusta and goes through Grovetown, Harlem and Dearing before first sprint in Harlem. From the second sprint in Warrenton, the race moves through Jewell's Mill, Culverton, Sparta, Devereux and then to the third sprint at Milledgeville. Then 26 miles down Georgia 49 and into Macon, for three finishing circuits. Stage 2, Fayetteville-Rome (197.5km) Start: 1.30pm From Fayetteville to first sprint at Peachtree City, then northwest into Tyrone, through Palmetto, Temple, and Draketown before reaching the second sprint at Rockmart by the Silver Comet Trail. Then to Floyd County and into Rome for the first KoM climb at Clocktower Hill and three finishing circuit. Stage 3, Rome Time Trial (29.9km) First Rider at 11am and then at one-minute intervals, with last 10 riders at two-minute intervals. Start at Darlington School, follow along the river bluffs for 11 miles, then left onto Mount Alto, then back into Rome. Stage 4, Dalton-Dahlonega (214.7km) Start: 10.00am From Dalton toward Spring Place, then Chatsworth for the first sprint. Enter the Fort Mountain climb at mile 24, the first KoM. Descend into Ellijay for second sprint, before passing through Suches and the second KoM at Woody Gap. Three more KoMs - Neels Gap, Wolf Pen Gap and Woody Gap - lurk before the race heads into Dahlonega to finish on Main Street. Stage 5, Gainesville-Brasstown Bald Mtn (182.4km) Start: 12.00pm The race heads north into Clermont and Clarksville for the only sprint at mile 32. The four tough KoMs begin with Dick's Creek Gap, then Unicoi Gap on Hwy 17/75. Turning right onto Hwy 348, riders face the Hogpen Gap at mile 96.6, and arrive at the base of Brasstown Bald Mountain 10 miles later at Spur 180 for a 3.1-mile climb to the finish. Stage 6, Blairsville-Alpharetta (201.5km) Start: 12.30pm From Blairsville the race passes through Fannin, Dawson, Pickens and Forsyth counties for first sprint at the Cumming County Fair. The second sprint comes 15 miles later at Alpharetta City Hall. Turning onto Westside Parkway, the riders will take on six finishing circuits totalling 22 miles. Stage maps, start times, projected finish times and other information is available at www.DodgeTourDeGeorgia.com
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