|Photo by Ken Conley|
Toyota-United's Ivan Dominguez took a smart victory in the first stage of the 2008 Tour de Georgia Monday.
While Rock Racing (with Freddie Rodriguez), High Road (with Greg Henderson), and Gerolsteiner (with Robert Förster) jockeyed for position at the front of the field, Dominguez found a good wheel, and just flat outsprinted the field.
Jelly Belly's Nicholas Sanderson was 2nd and Förster 3rd, with essentially all riders finishing in the same time.
Stage 1 Top 10:
1) Ivan Dominguez (Cuba), Toyota-United, 2:30:18
2) Nicholas Sanderson (Australia), Jelly Belly, same time, U25
3) Robert Förster (Germany), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
4) Richard England (Australia), Bissell Pro Cycling, s.t.
5) Sergey Kudentsov (Russia), Marco Polo, s.t.
6) Danilo Wyss (Switzerland), BMC, s.t., U25
7) Bradley Mcgee (Australia), CSC, s.t.
8) Greg Henderson (New Zealand), Team High Road, s.t.
9) Aaron Kemps (Australia), Astana, s.t.
10) Karl Menzies (Australia), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.
U25 - qualifies for young rider leader's jersey.
Looks more like the Tour Down Under standings, with 5 Aussies in the top 10 and Greg Henderson from New Zealand. The best placed US rider was BMC's Taylor Tolleson, 13th, with Chris Horner 18th. It appears neither Freddie Rodriguez nor JJ Haedo were their team's featured sprinters today: Sevilla in 14th was the best placed Rock Racing rider (Rodriguez in 54th), and McGee led CSC in 7th with Haedo back in 75th.
Tyler Farrar finished last, but in the same time as the leaders after puncturing in the day's last 2k. Scott Zwizanski of Bissell, the broom wagon sponsors, is positioned just in front of them in 119th, last overall.
Overall Top 10:
1) Ivan Dominguez, Toyota-United, 2:30:08
2) Nicholas Sanderson, Jelly Belly, at :04, U25
3) Greg Henderson, Team High Road, at :05
4) Tyler Farrar (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at :05, U25
5) Robert Forster, Gerolsteiner, at :06
6) Ivan Stevic (Serbia), Toyota-United, at :06
7) Christian Meier (Canada), Symmetrics, at :07, U25
8) Garrett Peltonen (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, at :09
9) Richard England, Bissell Pro Cycling, at :10
10) Sergey Kudentsov, Marco Polo, at :10
Dominguez rides a Fuji TT frame in road stages, which is heavier but stiffer and more aero than their road frame, mated to a road fork.