In an exciting final sprint, coming at the end of a few circuits in Gainesville, Georgia, Team High Road's Gregory Henderson took victory in stage 3 of the 2008 Tour de Georgia, after finishing second yesterday in stage two and eighth in stage one. He was followed by team-mate André Greipel in second and Slipstream's Tyler Farrar.
With Henderson's win also came the overall race lead and the points classification lead after former leader Ivan Dominguez (Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team) dropped off the peloton's pace in the final circuits.
Four men dominated the day's racing with a lengthy break including Scott Zwizanski (Bissell), Frank Pipp (Health Net p/b Maxxis), Moises Aldape Chavez (Team Type 1) and Rhys Pollock (GE Trek - Marco Polo). As the gap to the leaders closed, Zwizanski and Aldape Chavez were the first to drop from the break. Then Pollack fell back while Pipp held on a bit longer. Eventually he, too, was caught by the charging pack. Team High Road dominated the run-up to the finish on the final circuits with brief interuptions due to attacks from Rory Sutherland (Health Net p/b Maxxis) and Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing).
A high-speed pile-up of about six riders occurred just as the four-man break was establishing itself. All the riders excepting Timothy Duggan (Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30) got up and rejoined the race. Duggan was taken by ambulance to a hospital for further treatment.
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