The Macon Telegraph expands on the Tour de Georgia's search for a new title sponsor, noting that north Georgia's Ford dealers exited their 3-year contract after only 1 year, and that tour director Chris Aronhalt thinks Medalist Sports will likely announce next year's route without a new sponsor in hand.
“I'm confident we're going to have one shortly," he said. "We have several members on the ground looking right now. Without a doubt, we're going to see everyone on the starting line in 2007. ... We have to make sure it's the right fit, the right partner. It's a long-term commitment. Regardless, I'm confident the tour will continue.”
About Macon specifically, chamber of commerce president Chip Cherry said the city had submitted a proposal to host a finish, or better a finish-start, in the 2007 race. Macon's revenue from Stage 1 in 2006 actually totalled $300,000 more than they brought in from the finish of Stage 1 in 2005, when Lance Armstrong was racing (and one day after his retirement press conference).
The 2007 race is scheduled for April 17th through April 22nd, 2007.