Landis Wins Georgia Tour TT, Takes Race Lead

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04/21/2006| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Landis Wins Georgia Tour TT, Takes Race Lead

Floyd Landis (Phonak) has won Stage 3 of the Tour of Georgia.

Floyd Landis (Phonak) has won Stage 3 of the Tour of Georgia. Landis powered over the hilly, 39.9-km time trial from Chickamauga, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 54:14. Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel) finished second at 0:04, and Dave Zabriskie (CSC) finished third at 0:24. The Phonak rider has taken the overall lead.

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Pieter Mertens (Davitamon) set the day?s first standard. The Belgian posted a 59:35, but that time proved to be soft. Viktor Rapinski (Colavita Olive Oil) rode a 59:14, which Heath Blackgrove (Toyota) quickly bettered by 0:07. About 20 minutes later, Inigo Cuesta (CSC) finished with a 58:16, which Jose Gutierrez (Phonak) shattered with a 55:37.


The best riding was yet to come. Nathan O?Neill (Health Net) posted a 55:09, which Zabriskie bettered with a 54:38 four minutes later. Danielson, who lost a minute to Landis in last year?s Tour of Georgia time trial, posted a 54:18, which Landis could beat by only 0:04 this time around. Race leader Yaroslav Popovych (Discovery Channel) was the only rider still on the course who had a chance to win the time trial, but the Ukrainian had to settle for ninth place at 1:53.


In the overall, Landis leads Danielson by 0:04 and Zabriskie by 0:24. Stage 4 will be a hilly, 191.4-km ride from Dalton to Dahlonega. The ride will feature two Category 2 ascents, a Category 3, and a Category 4. Will Landis and Phonak stave off the challenge of Discovery Channel and CSC? Check in at and find out!

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