Michaelsen benefits from local knowledge
CSC veteran Lars Michaelsen takes the opening stage of the Tour de Georgia in a bunch sprint after g
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After some strong rides in the northern Classics, veteran CSC rider Lars Michaelsen continued his run of recent good form when he proved too quick for the younger guys in Tuesday’s opening stage of the Tour de Georgia.
The 37-year-old Dane later admitted he had no idea what the finish of the stage into Macon was like until he conferred with Colavita rider Mark McCormack during the early part of it. “The circuit turned out to be quite good for me. I only saw the race book this morning and had no idea how it was. I was talking to McCormack and he said: ‘This is just you Lars, good hills and with cobblestones.’ And it was. It was a fast circuit,” Michaelsen explained.
“It’s very rewarding to get confirmation you are still able to compete with the young guys,” Michaelsen added. “I used to be a good sprinter in my young days, and every once in a while I pull one out of my hat.”
“Lars and Rodriguez were sprinting in separate sides of the road, but Lars was simply faster. Everything went well for us and you have to admit that this is the ideal way to start a race. We had things under control and it was great to watch the sprint at the end, where Allan Johansen also managed to launch an attack on the climb during the last stretch,” said a very satisfied CSC sports director Tristan Hoffman .
Stage 1, Augusta-Macon
1 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC 207.4km in 4.45.46 (43.55kph)
2 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
3 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly
4 Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net
5 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators
6 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodakgallery.com
7 Juan Jos Haedo (Arg) Toyota
8 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
9 Peter Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval
10 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators
11 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel
12 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak