Fred Rodriguez Takes Stage Three of Tour de Georgia
Vogels maintains overall lead
American Fred Rodriguez of Sidermec today won the 138-mile Stage Three of Dodge Tour de Georgia, which stretched from Pine Mountain, Ga., to Rome, Ga., in a field sprint with a time of 5:27:40. American cyclist David Clinger of the Prime Alliance team finished second with American Antonio Cruz of the U.S. Postal Service team rounding out the top three. Australian Henk Vogels of the Navigators retains the yellow jersey as the overall race leader. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
?I?ve had a lot of bad crashes and didn?t plan to go down again,? said Rodriguez, discussing Stage One. ?With this win, I hope to get back in the pack and give these guys a run for the yellow jersey.?
Today?s race also featured two designated sprint points in LaGrange, Ga., and Cedartown, Ga., which were won by Belgian Lionel Syne, Webcor. Additionally, 20-year-old Dalton, Ga., native Saul Raisin of the Ofoto-Lombardi Sports team was named best young rider for a fourth day in a row. American Chris Horner, of Team Saturn, retained the Wachovia King of the Mountain jersey.
?We?re throwing down the gauntlet tomorrow. We?re not here to race for second place,? said Horner. ?The Saturn team has been a player during the entire race and we don?t plan to let up.?
Tomorrow?s 122-mile Stage Four race will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at King Street and Hamilton Street in Dalton, Ga. The tour is scheduled to arrive in Gainesville, Ga., at Spring Street and Green Street at approximately 3:15 p.m.
Eighteen top American and international cycling teams, totaling more than 140 professional riders, are competing in the six-day Dodge Tour de Georgia. The race covers more than 600 miles (965 km), going through the host cities of Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Pine Mountain (Callaway), Rome, Dalton, Gainesville and Atlanta. Dodge Tour de Georgia is the only stage race of this length in the U.S. that is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for 2003, and one of only five races in the U.S. on the official UCI calendar.
Turner South will be airing a one-hour show recapping the entire Dodge Tour de Georgia on May 3 at 2 p.m. EST.
STAGE THREE RESULTS : Pine Mountain to Rome, 138 miles/222 km
1 Rodriguez, Fred, Sidermec, USA 05:27:40
2 Clinger, David, Prime Alliance, USA
3 Cruz, Antonio, USPS, USA
OVERALL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:
1 Vogels, Henk, Navigators, Aus, 15:08:35
2 Horner, Chris, Saturn, USA, 0:06
3 O?Neill, Nathan, Saturn, Aus, 0:07
Wachovia King of the Mountain Leader: Chris Horner, Saturn
Maxxis Sprint Leader: Fred Rodriguez, Sidermec
Best Young Rider (under 23): Saul Raisin, Ofoto-Lombardi Sports
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