Fast Freddy gets his timing right

Fast Freddy Rodriguez takes victory in the fourth stage of the Tour de Georgia as tribute is paid to

Fast Freddy Rodriguez takes victory in the fourth stage of the Tour de Georgia as tribute is paid to



After a couple of podium finishes earlier in the race, Fred Rodriguez came out on top on the fourth stage of the Tour de Georgia on Friday. Quick Step’s Matteo Tosatto was second with Discovery Channel’s Yaroslav Popovych third.

The stage start was devoted to special recognition of Dalton native and Crdit Agricole rider Saul Raisin, who is in France recovering from injuries sustained in a crash earlier this month. The members of the Georgia peloton put green tape on their handlebars to show support for their colleague, and thousands of spectators wore ribbons in Crdit Agricole’s green colours showing support for Raisin.

“Saul has turned into a world class rider. He’s a great ambassador for the city of Dalton. He graduated from Dalton High School, and he’s a very popular young man. Everybody is praying for him and praying for his recovery,” Dalton mayor Ray Lerod said at the start of the stage.

Saturday’s stage should prove a showdown between the two overall leaders as Floyd Landis attempts to defend a four-second lead against Tom Danielson on the summit finish at Brasstown Bald. Danielson will have good memories of the finish having all but secured last year’s Georgia title there.

Stage 4, Dalton-Dahlonega

1 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto 191.4km in 4.49.29
2 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
3 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel
4 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly
5 Jos Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak
6 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)
7 Peter Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval
8 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel
9 Jeffry Louder (USA) Health Net
10 Anthony Colby (USA) Targetraining


1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 15.17.14
2 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 0.04
3 David Zabriskie (USA) CSC 0.24
4 Nathan O’Neill (Aus) Health Net 0.55
5 Gutierrez 1.22
6 Popovych 1.37
7 Chris Baldwin (USA) Toyota 1.41
8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel 1.52
9 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval 1.56
10 Brian Vandborg (Den) CSC 1.58

Damiano Cunego sewed up overall victory at the Tour of Trentino on Friday when his Lampre team-mate Daniele Bennati won the closing stage in a bunch sprint. For Bennati, his second win of the season was proof that his form is returning after some weeks out due to illness. “I knew my form was coming, but I didn’t expect to be winning already,” said Bennati. “This rewards me for the recent troubles and gives me morale.”

Stage 4, Tione-Arco

1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 172km in 3.48.45
2 Ariel Richeze (Arg) Panaria
3 Marco Marcato (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
4 Antonio d’Aniello (Ita) Miche
5 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
6 David Mu¤oz (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana
7 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) Androni Giocattoli
8 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Amore e Vita
9 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Miche
10 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Tenax

Final overall standings

1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 16.28.25
2 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Panaria 0.04
3 Eddy Ratti (Ita) Naturino 0.08
4 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 0.10
5 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Panaria 0.14
6 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre 0.22
7 Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol) Miche 0.27
8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval 0.37
9 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 0.43
10 Tomasz Nose (Slo) Adria
11 Jos Rujano (Ven) Selle Italia 0.53

Alessandro Petacchi won his third consecutive stage of the Tour of Lower Saxony in Germany, beating Danilo Hondo into second place just as he did on the first stage.

Stage 3, Bckeburg-Rheda Wiedenbrck


1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 185km in 4.07.33
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lamonta
3 Robert Frster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
4 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile
5 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
6 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram
7 Massimilano Mori (Ita) Naturino 0.02
8 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Wiesenhof
9 Piet Rooyakkers (Hol) Skil-Shimano 0.04
10 Jonas Owczarek (Ger) Sparkasse