Hopes of a high placing on the final general classification suffered a severe blow Wednesday when the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team failed to place a rider in a 13-man breakaway that eventually finished nearly a half-hour ahead of the rest of the field. The 118-mile stage featured four categorized climbs on its way from Rome, Ga., to Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Ivan Stevic kept his special sprint leader?s jersey under wraps before the start.
Chris Baldwin leads fellow American Tyler Hamilton.