In addition to the ProTour teams that have accepted invitations to this year's race, a host of Professional Continental and local squads will also lineup for the seven stage event. Among those Pro Conti squads is Italy's Tinkoff Credit Systems.
Tinkoff's inclusion will make the Tour de Georgia Tyler Hamilton's first UCI sanctioned race on home soil since the completion of his two year suspension for blood doping.
"I'm really looking forward to racing inside the United States again," stated Hamilton. "I'm hoping the good block of early season racing I'll have under my belt by April will serve me well. The last pro cycling race I competed in inside the U.S. was in San Francisco in 2001.
"I hope that we can make a good showing at the Tour of Georgia," he added. "The team is really