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Old 01-21-04, 06:51 PM   #1
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2004 Tour de Georgia is a GO!!!

Tour de Georgia officials have confirmed that the Dodge Tour de Georgia will go ahead in 2004. The USA's top stage race will be run between April 20-25, with proceeds benefiting the Georgia Cancer Coalition. Confirmation of the race course and a list of the international teams that will take part in the event will be announced in early February.

"We are extremely pleased to renew Dodge as the title sponsor and to continue building the prestige and global scope of the Dodge Tour de Georgia," said John Rice, Chairman of the Georgia Partnership for Economic Development (GPED) that owns and operates the Tour. "With the corporate support and proven expertise from Dodge, we are assured of making the 2004 event bigger and better than ever."

In April 2003, the inaugural event involved 18 elite teams, with 144 riders from 17 countries, who competed over 613 miles (1000 km) across Georgia for over $US100,000 in prizes. Over 250,000 spectators watched the race and enjoyed a variety of community events across 53 counties.

For more information, see: www.tourdegeorgia.com.


There was talk of Lance Armstrong entering, however I have always thougt it was simply rumor to attract sponsorship. If the stages fit his training regime at that particular time then he may attend.

I hope the Prologue is in Savannah again!!!
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There was talk of Lance Armstrong entering...
This is from the League of American Bicyclists:

LANCE TO COMPETE IN TOUR DE GEORGIA
The road to France now goes through Georgia. The United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team®, which is presented by Berry Floor, has committed to enter a full squad in the 2004 Dodge Tour de Georgia http://www.tourdegeorgia.com, April 20 to 25. Leading the way for the USPS Pro Cycling team will be five-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.
"I am pleased to confirm that Lance will be part of the USPS Pro Cycling Team that will compete in the Dodge Tour de Georgia this year," said Bill Stapleton, principal at Capital Sports & Entertainment, the agency that represents Armstrong. "This is a great opportunity for him as he prepares for his attempt to win a historic sixth Tour de France."
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I hope this will be televised.
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www.cyclingnews.com, January 24.

At a press conference Friday at the team's training camp in Solvang, California, Armstrong would neither confirm nor rule out his participation in the Dodge Tour de Georgia, and sources close to Armstrong old Cyclingnews that recent press reports of his confirmed place at the Tour de Georgia may have been taken out of context. Nonetheless, Armstrong did indicate that chances were indeed very good given his intent to spend more time in the United States in the early season.

"We're still working on the domestic program," Armstrong commented. "There will definitely be one US race on my program, either the Tour de Georgia or the Tour of the Gila, but we're not quite sure yet."
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Now, if they could only get some serious OLN coverage...
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Now, if they could only get some serious OLN coverage...
May I suggest writing OLN? I'm gonna.
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I want to go see it but i cant find any geographical info to find hotels.
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I want to go see it but i cant find any geographical info to find hotels.
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I don't think the route has been finalized. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong but it doesn't appear the website has been updated with 2004 info.

I road with a group Saturday several of whom were staff last year and they said all the details weren't worked out yet. The organizers were hoping for a finally in Buckhead but were having a hard time nailing down the details.
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Reality Bikes in Cumming, GA is one of the support shops. Got an e-mail just last week. They believe the final stage may finish in Alpharetta, Ga (just N. of Atl). Doesn't seem logical, however. A Buckhead finish would attract many more people.
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2004 route has been announced.

http://www.tourdegeorgia.org/


A nice stage starting in Athens with a mountain top finish and the last stage finishing in Alpharetta.
It looks great.

From the press release:

The 2004 Tour Stage Six focuses on new territory with a departure from Athens, Ga., which will assist the city in celebrating the 25th anniversary of its famous Twilight Criterium, a weekend of bicycle races and music. The Dodge Tour de Georgia will head back north from Athens to Hiawassee/Young Harris on April 24, another 128-mile stage. There are two KOM climbs on Saturday, one on the seven-mile assault up the legendary Hogpen Gap. A mountaintop finish on Brasstown Bald Mountain takes competitors to the highest spot in Georgia, 4,783 feet.

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