Discovery's Brajkovic the overall winner

Mon, 04/23/2007 - 6:21am
By: Michael Boylan

After a week and 667-miles of racing, 23-year-old Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) of the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team maintained a 12-second advantage in the General Classification for the final three days and won the 2007 Tour de Georgia. Second place in the G.C. was won by American Christian VandeVelde of Team CSC, and Spain’s David Canada Gracia of Prodir-Saunier Duval finished third overall.

The seventh and final stage of the 2007 Tour de Georgia was contested today in downtown Atlanta. Close to 100,000 spectators, many of them at Centennial Olympic Park, watched 106 of the original 117 pro cyclists push a relentless pace over a nine-lap race, covering 66.8 miles (107.5 km). At the one kilometer to go mark, J.J. Haedo of Team CSC initiated a move that saw him make contact with Ivan Dominguez (Toyota-United), then recover sufficiently to pass "Fast Freddie" Rodriguez (Predictor-Lotto) with 50m to go and claim the Stage Seven victory.

Rodriguez hung on for second place in Stage Seven, getting the same time as Haedo.Sergey Lagutin (UZB) of Navigators Insurance Cycling team came in third on the stage. This is the second consecutive year Haedo has captured the final stage of the Tour de Georgia.

login to post comments