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Written by Monte Hamilton ††
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

April 17: Tour de Georgia Thomaston to Rome†

Ivan Stevic?s victory on Stage 2 triggered a huge celebration by the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team. Not only is it the second straight season Toyota-United has won a stage of the Tour de Georgia, but the team becomes the first to win races this year in both USA Cycling Pro Tour events. Stevic launched himself out of the pack on the final trip up the 20 percent grade of Clocktower Hill in Rome and coasted to victory at the finish line below.

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Having escaped the field on the run-in to the finish, Ivan Stevic had time to relish his big moment.† Stevic joins Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis as winners of Tour de Georgia stages that finished in Rome.†
photo © Kathleen Poulos photo © Kathleen Poulos
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Race announcer Dave Towle drew a big grin from Stevic in a post-race interview at the finish line.† More than 530 students (and future Toyota owners) from Arnco-Sargent elementary school in Newnan cheered on the race as it passed by.†
photo © Kathleen Poulos
photo © Kathleen Poulos
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Burke Swindlehurst worked hard in the latter half of Tuesday?s stage, helping bring back the three-man breakaway that gained nearly 10 minutes on the field.† Teammate Ivan Dominguez remained in position to sprint if Stevic?s attack wasn?t successful.Chris Wherry was in no rush to head to the start for the longest stage of the race.†
photo © Kathleen Poulos photo © Kathleen Poulos
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Chris Wherry was in no rush to head to the start for the longest stage of the race.† Performance Sports Group Founder and NASCAR performance coach Mike Dryman and Patrick Marquez spent the day with the Toyota-United squad, observing how the guys who race on two wheels do it.†
photo © Kathleen Poulos photo © Kathleen Poulos
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Stevic savored his kiss from the Rock & Republic podium girls.† Stevic waves to the crowd after receiving his bouquet and the race winner?s trophy.†
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Ivan Stevic celebrates on the podium with former Toyota-United teammate Juan Josť Haedo, who finished second. Fred Rodriguez (left) finished third.† The post-race procedure included a trip to the press room to meet the media.†
photo © Kathleen Poulos

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