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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
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At one point, the peloton was nearly seven miles behind the 13 leaders. Henk Vogels said afterward that the stage was very hard.
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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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