Just another flattish day at the Tour de Georgia, one of the big differences between this year's race and the last few, which have spent a lot of time in the mountains of North Georgia. It's almost 110 miles, from Washington to Gainesville. Things are getting more and more rolling, and gradually climbing about 600 feet in elevation, but we won't see another rated climb until Friday.
Today's sprint lines are in Comer, Ila, and Homer, all tiny towns along the course. Comer comes about 48 miles in, Ila at 60 miles, and Homer just after the 80-mile mark. Team Slipstream has got to be just itching to get their big burrito on the podium, and with Tyler Farrar just 5 points back of sprint jersey leader Dominguez, I expect we'll continue to see contested sprints throughout the day.
Riders will ride the 2-mile finishing circuit 2.5 times, coming onto the loop with about 5.5 miles to go. Rather than finishing on the Gainesville square, where previous TdG stages have started, this one looks to fence in a neighborhood and end next to a park called Glenwood Park.
LeadersOverall: Ivan Dominguez, Toyota-United Sprints: Dominguez, jersey worn by Greg Henderson, Team High Road King of the Mountains: Frank Pipp, Health Net Best Young Rider: Nicholas Sanderson, Jelly Belly Most Agressive Rider, Stage 2: Rhys Pollock, Marco Polo