Tour de Georgia Stage 4

I didn't think Fast Freddie would get his win until stage 6, but he was strong enough to hold off another attempt by discovery to setup Popovych for a win. It was Jason McCartney who nearly ruled the day. After being the lone survivor of the major break of the day, he was caught on the descent from the final KOM climb. It only took him three minutes to catch his breath and join another attack, but he was reeled in again -- there would be no repeat of his victory from two years ago (at least not this year).

A surprise move was Dave Zabriskie joining the major break. Phonak obviously wasn't going to let that one fly, but Zabriskie noted that he made the attack for two reasons: he wasn't going to win on Brasstown Bald and he wanted to do something to recognize recovering American rider Saul Raisin, who is recovering from a crash that led to a medically-induced coma.

Prediction check: I predicted Ekimov or someone else on a crazy breakaway -- Discovery teammate Jason McCartney went for that crazy breakaway -- twice -- but admitted he just didn't have the legs to pull it off this time around.

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