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Written by Monte Hamilton
Wednesday, 18 April 2007

April 18: Tour de Georgia Rome to Chattanooga, TN

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.
photo Kathleen Poulos photo Kathleen Poulos
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Little emotion shows on the faces of Henk Vogels (right) and Burke Swindlehurst as they cross through Wednesday?s lone Maxxis sprint line. This was a welcome sight for the riders several times during the stage.
photo Kathleen Poulos
photo Kathleen Poulos
At one point, the peloton was nearly seven miles behind the 13 leaders. Henk Vogels said afterward that the stage was very hard.
photo Kathleen Poulos photo Kathleen Poulos

Toyota-United fan club member Johnny Barnes of Chattanooga came out to the final climb to cheer on his favorite team.
photo Kathleen Poulos

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