Tour de Georgia Stage 1

Lars Michaelsen gets the stage victory for CSC with Davitamon's Fast Freddie in second. The win is a great reward for Michaelsen, who just last week helped launch Fabian Cancellara to his Paris-Roubaix victory. After getting blanked in the Tour of California, the Tour de Georgia is already looking a lot better for CSC. Dave Zabriskie has stated that he wants to take over control of the race at the time trial, so perhaps we'll see a lot of CSC in the leader's jersey this time around.

The main break of the day was a group of four riders, including Kodakgallery/Sierrra Nevada rider Jackson Stewart. I've seen a lot of Stewart racing this past couple of months from his Most aggresive distinction at the Tour of California Stage 1 to his fourth place finish at Sea Otter. With second place finishes at the Grant Lemire GP and McLane Crit, maybe the cards are in it for Stewart to take a stage at the TdG, though definitely not stage 1 as the break was caught at the start of the 3-lap, 2.1-mile finishing circuit. Aaron Olson tried to escape the other three riders and stay ahead of the catch, but he too was gobbled up. CSC then put in two attacks on the finishing circuits, were caught, and still managed to pull of the stage win. Toyota United's Ivan Dominguez crashed in the final sprint, but hopefully he will be okay as I'm sure that Toyota wants a repeat of their stellar ToC performance.

The start of the Tour de Georgia almost flew under my radar this year. They don't have quite the roster of last year or of the Tour of Cali: Armstrong's retired, Horner and Julich are in Europe, Levi's in California but he's dropping by local races like Copperopolis, and Hincapie's in South Carolina but he's on the mend. You do, however, get to see Danielson, Popovych, Zabriskie, Landis, Fast Freddie, and more. You also get to see Jittery Joe's team, which is a squad I can always cheer on -- oh how I missed their presence at the Tour of California.

I watched the live text coverage on VeloNews. It's quite an upgrade from their previous live coverage. They have a Google Map widget that tracks the current position and it's easier to see at a glance what the current situation is.

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