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Tour of Virginia - NE

USA, April 24-29, 2007

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The Stages

  • Stage 1 - April 24: Natural Bridge Individual Time Trial, 8km
  • Stage 2 - April 24: Lynchburg Criterium, 40.2km
  • Stage 3 - April 25: Bedford to Covington Road Race, 177km
  • Stage 4 - April 26: Douthat State Park to Waynesboro Road Race, 165.8km
  • Stage 5 - April 27: Waynesboro to Staunton Road Race, 159.3km
  • Stage 6 - April 28: Harrisonburg Criterium, 56.3km
  • Stage 7 - April 29: Charlottesville / Albemarle County Road Race, 160.9km


By Sue George

Spring is always just in time for the Tour of Virginia
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The Tour of Virginia comes with a new name and a record-setting field size for 2007. Formerly known as the Tour of Shenandoah, this year's fifth edition has expanded beyond the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to other locales, including Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Covington. However, Valley towns like Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Staunton, and Natural Bridge continue to host some of the racing action. For 2007, 29 teams and 180 racers will contest Virginia's largest race, which has earned a new spot on the National Racing Calendar (NRC).

"Not only is this the largest, but also it's the strongest field in the race's history," said promoter Matt Butterman going into the race. "This year we are on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC), and there's a depth in the talent list that we haven't seen before."

The Natural Bridge individual time trial kicks of racing on Tuesday, April 24, but racers get two stages for the first day. The second stage is a criterium in Lynchburg, Virginia, on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The remaining days, racers will tackle one stage per day, and a new stage, a 160.9km road race, wraps up action in Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County on Sunday, April 29.

Saturday, amateur racers will get to test their legs, too; a slate of crits for various categories precedes the pro race in downtown Harrisonburg.

The field approaches the mountains, always a backdrop in the Tour of Virginia
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Returning this year is the 2003-4 champion and favorite, Scottie Weiss, riding for AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network. He's looking for a third win. Last year's General Classification winner, Brent Bookwalter, now riding for the National Development Squad, will not be on the start line after suffering a severely broken left leg in a crash in mid April while racing in Europe.

Traditionally, the race has featured a mix of seasoned pros and up and coming development riders. So amongst the established names, look for breakout performances from younger racers testing their legs in a six-day stage race.

Although a hilly race, the Tour of Virginia traditionally promises much for the sprinters. Sprinting sensation JJ Haedo will be off racing in Europe with the CSC team, but his brother Lucas is now racing in the US and will be coming to the Tour of Virginia with the brand new Rock Racing squad, managed by former road pro racer Frankie Andreu. So far Lucas Heado has a slew of top five results in the USA to his credit.

Unique to this race will be a team composed entirely of diabetic racers. Phil Southerland will be heading Team Type 1 Monitored by Freestyle. Members of the team are all seasoned pros, and their presence jives well with the race's mission of the race is to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research.

Look for action from the following UCI Continental teams: Kodak Galleries/Sierra Nevada, Rite Aid, AEG-Toshiba, Priority Health/Bissell, Rock Racing, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast, and Calyon/Litespeed (a development squad for the French Credit Agricole team), VMG (American U-23 development squad).

Start list

Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada                KBS/Medifast
1 Mark Walters                             11 Dan Bowman 
2 Michael Dietrich                         12 Dominique Perras 
3 Jesse Anthony                            13 Ryan Roth 
4 Ben Raby                                 14 Justin Spinelli 
5 Skyler Bishop                            15 Jonny Sundt 
6 Dan Timmerman                            16 Nick Waite 
AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network                    Priority Health / Bissell
21 Alex Hagman                             31 Joao Correia 
23 Predrag Prokic                          32 Lang Reynolds 
24 Scott Weiss                             33 Eddy Hilger 
25 Winston David                           34 Morgan Schmitt 
26 Todd Henriksen                          35 Steve Howard 
                                           36 Steve Howard 
Rite Aid Pro Cycling                       VMG Racing
41 Ian Ayers                               51 Kevin Soller 
42 Borrajo Alejandro                       52 Spencer Beamer 
43 Rytlewski Jake                          53 Scott Stewart 
44 Norton Mike                             54 Daniel Holloway 
45 Kincaid Stephan                         55 Christopher Jones 
46 Dewald Ryan                             56 Christopher Stockberger 
Colavita-Sutter Home                       Abd Cycling Team
61 Daniel Vaillancourt                     66 Mike Ebert 
62 Andrew Guptil                           67 Ryan Baumann 
63 Peter Hufanagel                         68 Alex Sharon 
                                           69 Brett Stewart 
Time Factory Development Squad             Alliance Environmental
71 Shawn Forsythe                          81 John Delong 
72 Jared Gruber                            82 Joe Whitman 
73 Chris Monteleon                         83 Chris Ernst 
74 Shawn Forsythe                          84 Boyd Johnson 
75 David Duncan                            85 Mike Miller 
76 Tiago DePaula                           86 Jame Carney 
Skinny Js                                  Team Race
91 Jeremiah Bishop                         101 Andrew Hunt 
92 J.P. Partland                           102 Dustin Macbernie 
93 Jay Hewitt                              103 Buck Miller 
94 Jeff Buckles                            104 Mark Pozniak 
95 Charlie Gorman                          105 Eric Robertson 
                                           106 Adam Thuss 
Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail       Caico
111 Sean Barrie                            121 Eudaldo Asencio 
112 Brian Butts                            122 Alejandro Cortes 
113 Ian Birlem                             123 Agustin Font 
114 Evan Fader                             124 Alexander Gonzalez 
115 Russ Langley                           125 Jorge Martinez 
116 Ken Johnson                            126 Javier Zapata 
Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team        Capri Foundation/CSH
131 Erik Lyman                             141 Mat Stephens 
132 Matthew Guse                           142 Carson Worts 
133 Ryan Belliveau                         143 Ed Burress 
134 Greg Reain                             144 Travis Livermon 
135 Philllip Cortes                        145 Robert Mcconville 
                                           146 Lucas Livermon 
CCB/Volkswagen                             CRCA/Empire Cycling Team
151 Jake Hollenbach                        161 Michael Sherry 
152 Will Dugan                             162 Lisban Quintero 
153 Dan Cassidy                            163 John Loehner 
154 Yagor Buben                            164 Daniel Zmolik 
155 Aliaksahav Bieliakowski                165 Karl Rahn 
156 Amos Brumble                           
CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25               Eva-Devinci
171 Robbie Giannini                        181 Eric Boily 
172 Andy Cornelison                        182 Charles Thibault 
173 Chris Kuhl                             183 Mathieu Roy 
174 Gavi Epstein                           184 Raphael Tremblay 
175 Guy East                               185 Joel Dion-Poitras 
176 Phil Gaimon                            
Firodifrutta Cycling Team                  GS Mengoni
191 Joshua Dillon                          201 Eugene Boronow 
192 Matt White                             202 Alberto Blanco 
193 Hayden Brooks                          203 Martin Lechowicz 
194 Chirs Rozdilsky                        204 Jared Bunde 
195 Corey Burns                            205 Franklin Burgos 
196 Toby Marzot                            206 Kiel Casari 
Kahala-La Grange                           Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling
211 Harrison Tripp                         221 Glenn Murray 
212 Jorge Alvarado                         222 Jonathan Swain 
213 Adrian Gerrits                         223 Nick Friesen 
214 Marcos Rios                            224 Ralph Muoio 
215 Jonathan Cantwell                      225 Tom Soladay 
216 Carlos Mayoral                         226 Curtis Winsor 
Kenda/Raleigh Racing                       Memphis Motorwerks/Carve
231 Jason Baer                             241 Bain Foote 
232 Benjamin Peters                        243 Stuart Lamp 
233 Andrew Boone                           244 Peter Knoop 
234 Jason Beerman                          245 Paul Koehn 
235 Andrew Adams                           246 Mike Olheiser 
236 Sean Orourke                           
Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team     Rock Racing
251 Sam Silvey                             261 Jeremiah Wiscovitch 
252 Nate Brown                             262 Adam Switters 
253 Aj Meyer                               263 Mariano Friedick 
254 Ben King                               264 Kayle Leogrande 
255 Owen Nielsen                           265 Rudolph Napolitano 
256 Matt Winstead                          266 Sergio Hernandez 
Siegler / Axley Cycling Team               Team Type 1 Monitored By Freestyle
271 Mike Stoop                             281 Phil Southerland 
272 Keck Baker                             282 Alex Bowden 
273 Mason Haymes                           283 Robert Schrank 
274 Tony Hall                              284 Andrew Mead 
275 Pete Whitlock                          285 Nathan Bartels 
276 Phillip Robb                           286 Fabio Calabria 
291 Mark Hardman                           
292 Stephen Delisle                        
293 Reid Beloni                            
294 Christopher Wilson                     
295 Brian Buchholz                         
296 Michael Esbach                         

Past winners

2006 Brent Bookwalter (Priority Health)
2005 Roman Kilun (Health Net)
2004 Scottie Weiss (Subway/GoMart)
2003 Scottie Weiss (Subway/GoMart)