Cycling News Flash, April 16, 2008
Edited by Sue George
ProTour team pulls out of Tour de Georgia, replaced with Rock Racing?
By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Saunier Duval-Scott finds injuries
hampering its ability to participate in the Tour de Georgia this year
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
The Saunier Duval-Scott ProTour team announced Tuesday that due to a
high number of injuries in recent weeks, the team will not attend the
Tour de Georgia race in the US April 21-27. Instead, Rock Racing may be
on the start line.
"It is very sad for us but unfortunately we won't be able to race
at Tour of Georgia," said Saunier Duval-Scott's publicist Virginie
"The problem is that we have too many riders injured from the recent
classics and also a few sick riders. It was then a problem for our Director,
Joxean Matxin Fernandez, to try to set up again the race calendar with
all the Classics, the travels and other coming races with so many riders
missing. He has decided this afternoon to cancel our participation at
Tour of Georgia, which is ... sad for all the team and our sponsor, Scott.
The riders really like to ride in the US"
Ironically, Saunier Duval-Scott's announcement came on the same day that
Rock Racing and Tour de Georgia organizer Medalist Sports were in Georgia
Superior court, with Rock Racking seeking an injunction against the race
over a reported alleged verbal agreement the team had with Medalist over
Following the court hearing, Rock Racing initially confirmed to Cyclingnews
that they were in the Tour de Georgia; however, the team's spokesperson
Martine Charles later said its report was inaccurate and that the Rock
Racing team is presently being considered to occupy the final spot in
the Tour de Georgia, left vacant by Saunier Duval-Scott's withdrawal.
Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for more information regarding the Tour
[Last Updated: 4:45 pm US E.D.T.]
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