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Tour de Georgia - 2.HC

USA, April 16-22, 2007

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Stage 5 - April 20: Dalton to Brasstown Bald/Towns Co. , 172.1km

Complete live report

By Sue George with Mark Zalewski and Kirsten Robbins

10:02 EDT   
Hello and welcome to our continuing daily live coverage of the Tour de Georgia. Today we bring you Stage 5, starting in Dalton and finishing at Brasstown Bald. Live coverage will start at 11:00 AM US EDT.

10:06 EDT   
Going into today's stage, Janez Brajkovic (Discovery Channel) is our leader. He has a 12 second advantage over Christian Vandevelde (Team CSC).

10:56 EDT   
Today racers will start with a 1.5 mile neutral lap before heading out of Dalton and officially starting the race.

11:02 EDT   
The racers have rolled off and started the neutral section. Crowds are less than previous years. That seems to be the trend in general this year.

11:04 EDT   
Saul Raisin has joined the pack for the neutral section. He's full decked out in his Crédit Agricole team gear.

11:07 EDT   
Today's weather is sunny. It's about 60 degrees F (15.5 degrees C), and it'll probably get up to 70 (21) as the afternoon heats up. It'll be cooler atop Brasstown Bald, in the mountains, but no where near as cold as two years ago, when it was snowing up top.

11:13 EDT    1km/171.1km to go
We have started. Right from the 0 km mark, we've had many attacks. We're on a winding, hilly road.

11:15 EDT    6.4km/165.7km to go
It's all single file now. One rider has rolled off the front, but it's a very small gap. Racing is aggressive right now as riders are trying to get away.

11:17 EDT   
We have an update on Jason McCartney (Team Discovery). He was hospitalized earlier this week after complaining of severe headaches and barely being able to get out of bed. He was diagnosed with viral meningitis. He's been in the hospital all week, but may get out as soon as tomorrow. His family is with him - they'd come to watch him at this race since he's done so well here the past two years.

11:20 EDT   
Today, we'll have two KOMs, one at Fort Mountain (km 38.3/ mile 23.8) and one at Wolfpen Gap (km 146.1 / mile 90.8). The race ends with the famous climb up Brasstown Bald. That climb will likely decide the GC.

11:25 EDT   
There are also two sprints today. One is at Chatsworth (km 22.8 / mile 14.1) and one at Ellijay (km 60.6 / mile 37.7). The winner of the first KOM and the first sprint will take home a bonus $1500.

Quick-Step and Slipstreem are setting pace followed by Discovery and CSC. They are all together.

11:27 EDT    15.9km/156.2km to go
Their average speed so far is 30.9 mph or 49.7 kph. Lotto was at the front driving the peloton. But CSC and Quick Step come around and take back over.

11:29 EDT    17.8km/154.3km to go
We're passing under the 5km to go until the first sprint. There riders just got off the front, but were quickly caught. No one seems to be able to get away in the early kilometers. The pack will probalby not give up another 29 minutes like it did on Wednesday's Stage 3.

11:33 EDT    17.5km/154.6km to go
Toyota United is setting the pace leading up to the sprint. Now CSC takes back over. The pack is still all together.

11:34 EDT   
Fifteen riders have gotten off the front. Five are trying to bridge.

11:38 EDT   
David Mccann (Colavita/Sutter Home) contested for the first KOM Henk Vogels (Toyota-United). Top three were 1. David Mccann (Colavita/Sutter Home), 2.
Henk Vogels (Toyota-United), 3.Glen Alan Chadwick (Navigators Insurance).

Now we've started our first KOM climb. It's a long and steady one and is coming early in the race.

11:39 EDT    25km/147.1km to go
Hubert Schwab (Quick Step) and Elio Aggiano (Tinkoff Credit Systems) attack, but Aggiano is slowing. Now it's just Schwab.

11:41 EDT   
Schwab's gap is up to 100m.

The racing is aggressive from the gun today because if any teams who weren't represented in the 13 man break Wednesday seriously want a shot at the GC, they'll have to break away early to start making up the 29 minutes.

11:45 EDT   
Jonathan Patrick McCarty (Team Slipstream), Timothy Duggan (Team Slipstream), Brian Vandborg (Discovery Channel), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Hubert Schwab (Quick Step), and Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance) were off the front briefly, but they were caught.

11:46 EDT   
Saunier Duval chased that last group back. Now Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance) is off solo, but the field is chasing hard.

11:47 EDT    28.9km/143.2km to go
A Quick Step rider has joined Zajicek. 4 others are chasing.

11:49 EDT   
Our lead group has 15 seconds.

11:50 EDT   
Saunier Duval - Prodir chased them down and the pack is all together again. CSC is back at the front.

11:52 EDT    31km/141.1km to go
We're about halfway up the climb. Navigators and Colavita/Sutter are also setting the pace. Nine riders have 100 m off the front while some riders are struggling at the back to keep pace.

11:57 EDT    31.2km/140.9km to go
It's all back together now.

We've entered the national forest. This KOM is part of about an 8 mile (12.8 km) climb. It's not too steep, but it's very steady.

11:58 EDT    32.9km/139.2km to go
Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Thomas Danielson (Discovery Channel), Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United), Cesar Augusto Grajales (Jittery Joe's), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Alexandre Moos (BMC), Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval - Prodir), and Danny Pate (Team Slipstream) are in a group with a 10 second lead.

Simoni and Danielson are leading. Less than 5km to the KOM.

11:59 EDT   
Simoni may be trying for something today. He's honing form for the Giro, and will want to test himself on the climbs.

The gap is 20 seconds. The road is kicking up a bit.

12:01 EDT   
The field is really chasing hard. Five riders are trying to bridge: Andrea Tonti (Quick Step), Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel), David Zabriskie (Team CSC), Nathan O'neill (Health Net), and Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance)

We actually have 11 off the front, not 10. We don't know the other rider yet.

Two more riders are trying to bridge.

12:03 EDT    36.2km/135.9km to go
Ian Mckissick (BMC) are the two also trying to bridge. Rory Sutherland (Health Net).

Toyota and Health Net are at the front of the break, driving the lead which has 30 seconds. The climb is flattening out again.

12:06 EDT   
It seems as if Lotto and Tinkoff have missed the break. The group off the front has some strong riders - this could stick if they continue to work together after the KOM.

12:10 EDT    38.3km/133.8km to go
KOM results: 1. Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), 2. Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), 3. Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), 4. Ben Day (Navigators Insurance) and Alexandre Moos (BMC)
Gap was 1:05 over the top.

12:12 EDT   
Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), and Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance) have broken away from the rest of the pack.

They have 0:35 on the rest of the leaders and 1:35 on the pack. We're descending a 6-8% grade, similar roads to what we just climbed going up to the KOM.

12:17 EDT    45.5km/126.6km to go
The KOM claimed some victims. We lost about 36 riders off the back.

Our lead group of four has 2 minutes on another group of four which includes: Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Alexandre Moos (BMC), Danny Pate (Team Slipstream), and Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United).

We have less than 20 seconds between the first two groups of four. Then 2 minutes between the lead group of four and the peloton.

12:19 EDT    49km/123.1km to go
The two groups of four have joined together off the front to form an eight-man lead group. We're still on another downhill. Chris Baldwin is at the front of the break.

12:23 EDT   
John Devine (USA National Development Team) was trying to bridge, and he got as much as a minute, but now he's sitting up and waiting to get caught.

12:28 EDT    70.8km/101.3km to go
The gap between our eight leaders and the main pack is 5:10. In between, we have remnants of the original 18 man break, which should be about 10 riders, at 3:21 and there is also one lone rider in no man's land between the remnants and the peloton.

12:33 EDT   
Cyclingnews' Mark Zalewski talked to Tom Danielson this morning about Discovery's team strategy. He said they will be working for the overall, which they are defending today, but there is a chance that Danielson could go for the stage win. Discovery implied it would try to keep the race together until the end, and then it would be a question of who's the fastest man to the top for the stage win.

Fellow Discovery rider George Hincapie said this year would be a little different -- less difficult -- than previous years because his team would have fewer guys to mark.

Danielson alluded to us that Discovery might try a little different strategy near the end today, but he wouldn't tell us what it might be.

12:36 EDT    62.4km/109.7km to go
The leaders are entering, Elijay, site of the next sprint in a few kilometers. They are trading pulls and working together evenly.

We're going back to check on the peloton. Our solo rider Devine is about to be caught by the field.

12:39 EDT   
Results of the second sprint are: 1 Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), 2 Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), 3 Danny Pate (Team Slipstream).

The gap between the eight leaders and the pack is 5:30. Everyone else in between has been caught by the pack.

12:46 EDT   
So far, the racers are going at a pace consistent with what organizers predicted.

Before the start this morning, Matt Goss (CSC), told Mark Zalewski that he, too, thought the pack would stay together most of the day going into the final Brasstown Bald climb. CSC will be working for their leader Christian Vande Velde, who trails first place rider Janez Brajkovic (Discovery) by only 12 seconds.

12:51 EDT   
If the pack stays nearly together or the leaders do not get too large of a break going into the final climb, we will again see two key races today. One race will be for the stage win, to be taken by the first man to top Brasstown. The other will be for the GC overall, between Vande Velde and Brajkovic.

However, Brajkovic has proven himself a strong climber, so he might the two races might be one and the same. Last year, Brajkovic finished only 23 seconds back in 5th place, behind Discovery teammate Tom Danielson on the stage.

12:53 EDT   
The gap is holding fairly steady now. It's at 5:35.

Trent Wilson is taking a pull on the front of the main peloton for Jittery Joes. The Joes men and Saunier Duval Prodier, both teams without riders in the break, are clearly working together to chase today.

Jittery Joes have changed out their team kit for today. They're in a predominantly white uniform.

12:55 EDT   
Michael from Florida wrote in to point out that Christian Vande Velde (Team CSC) is also on the start list for Amstel Gold this weekend and asked if we knew if he had any plans to drop out of the Tour of Georgia and fly to the Netherlands at the last minute. Good question! But it sure does seem unlikely that he'd abandon a potential podium here in Georgia.

12:58 EDT   
To clarify something we wrote earlier today...Saul Raisin joined the peloton only for the neutral section of today's stage near the start. He is not racing, but he does live nearby - Dalton, the start for today, is his hometown.

13:07 EDT    77.2km/94.9km to go
The gap has dropped slightly. We're at 5:00 as we travel down Big Creek Road.

The riders are getting lots of small climbs, and they're often out of saddle working pretty well.

Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net) is leading.

13:09 EDT   
Between now and the second KOM at Wolfpen Gap, which is another 45 miles (72.4 km) away, racers will face a series of steady rolling hills. Except for one descent after the KOM, they'll generally be gaining elevation today until the finish. Brasstown Bald is Georgia's highest point, at about 4750 feet (1447 meters). Now they are still under 2000 feet (609.6 meters) elevation.

13:26 EDT    88.5km/83.6km to go
The gap is now at 5:10, so it's still holding pretty steady.

Navigators is the only team with two riders: Ben Day (Navigators Insurance) and Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), the latter of whom is recognized as a solid climber.

13:30 EDT   
A large portion of today's route passes through the Chattahoochee National Forest, reportedly home to some good mountain biking. Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net) used to ride for Discovery and Phonak, but before he was a road pro, he was an accomplished mountain bike racer. The Canadian won the US NORBA National Series in 2003. In 2002, he stood atop the World Cup podium at Les Gets.

13:36 EDT   
Niels from Denmark and Connie have written us to say that according to the Team CSC website, Christian Vandevelde is not slated to race Amstel Gold Sunday. Instead, the CSC roster is Lars Bak, Alexandr Kolbnev, Andy Schleck, Nicki
Sorensen, Volodymir Gustov, Karsten Kroon, Frank Schleck, and Jens Voight. So we should get to follow him the next two days on his quest for the leader's jersey here in Georgia.

13:38 EDT   
We've just passed an Italian restaurant that has pulled out all the stops for the race. They set up shop by the road and lots of fans are here cheering riders on. We don't know if they're only cheering on Italian riders or giving shout outs for all the racers. We'd like to think they're cheering for our mascot Grover as we pass.

13:43 EDT    103.6km/68.5km to go
The gap between our front eight and the peloton is 5:15.

We're making a right turn onto Dial Road from Newport Road. For those of you thinking in miles, we have about 42.5 miles to go.

13:52 EDT   
Brasstown Bald is the final climb to end our stage today. Bruce Hildenbrand wrote in from Temecula, where he is doing the 24 Hours of Temecula MTB race this weekend, to let us know some stats on Brasstown Bald.

It climbs 1650 feet (502 meters) in 3 miles (4.8 km).

The steepest section is about 200 meters long, with a grade of 24%, just before the 2km to go mark.

The last kilometer, normally closed to traffic, has a 400 meter section with a 20% grade which eases (slightly!) to 15 to 17% for the finish.

13:53 EDT    109.5km/62.6km to go
The gap to our eight leaders is holding steady at 5:10.

We reported earlier that a few dozen riders had dropped off on the first KOM climb, but as far as we know, those riders were able to rejoin with the main peloton, which is all together again excepting our eight-man break.

13:57 EDT   
For those of you just joining us, our 8-man group includes: Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Alexandre Moos (BMC), Danny Pate (Team Slipstream), and Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United).

14:00 EDT    111km/61.1km to go
We've droppped back to check out our peloton. Saunier Duval - Prodir is leading the chase with three riders and Jittery Joes is helping them out with another five riders. Both teams have no representation in the break and will want to reel in the break to preserve their chances of doing well for the stage.

Team CSC is next up with five riders, although they don't appear to be working much, but they have a member, Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), in the break.

The pack is single-file and moving fast at an impressive 23 mph (37 kph) on an uphill on Morgantown Highway. In the last 5 to 10 km, the gap has dropped to 4:55.

14:08 EDT    115.9km/56.2km to go
The gap is still dropping. It's at 4:40.

For those of you asking about Grover, rumor has it our photographers got a photo of him and the crew today, so look for that later on Cyclingnews. You also might see him on TV, too. Being the celebrity that he is, the TV cameras were swarming him before the start of today's stage.

14:15 EDT    123.9km/48.2km to go
The gap is 4:30.

Saunier Duval Prodir and Jittery Joes continue to lead the peloton. Jittery Joes, who is sporting a new mostly white team kit today, did a similar uniform change mid-race last year, too - maybe so we'll talk about here!

The break is still rotating smoothly and evenly.

During the last few kilometers, we've been passing lots of farms with horses. Sometimes, the horses run along with us as we pass.

Soon to make left onto Wolf Pen Gap road, and then the racers are in for some more climbing.

14:20 EDT    127km/45.1km to go
The gap is at 4:20 now, and the racers are climbing up an unrated, but still noteworthy climb.

There's still some more climbing and descending to go, but the next and final KOM for today is at Wolfpen Gap at mile 90.8 (km 146.1).

14:27 EDT    130.8km/41.3km to go
The gap is at 4:10.

The sun's gone behind the clouds now, so it's a little overcast. Temperature are in the high 60's (near 19 degrees C).

In previous years, racers have put on a 25 or 26 toothed cog as their low gear in the rear. We expect they'll use similar gears again this year.

Ben Day (Navigators Insurance) is on the front of the break now.

14:33 EDT   
We're close to starting the beginning of the KOM climb. It's been rolling uphill and downhill, now it's kind of flat. We're in more open terrain, but we've experienced a mix of tree cover and open terrain thus far today.

Danny Pate (Team Slipstream) is leading the break.

14:38 EDT   
We talked to a few team directors. Toyota United's Harm Jansen said he was not surprised to see Chris Baldwin up here. Apparently, all but two of the team's riders were ordered to go with any breaks today.

Meanwhile, Ed Beamon is happy to see his two Navigators' racers up here, but doesn't think the break will survive.

14:40 EDT    140km/32.1km to go
We're still on the flats and rollers leading up to the KOM climb. On the small climbs in the past few kilometers, CSC and Navigators have been pulling the break.

We'll see the 5 km to go to the KOM soon. The gap is down to 3:40.

We should see 5km to go to KOM soon.

14:42 EDT    141.1km/31km to go
We get 5 km to go to the KOM. The gap is at 3:30. Healthnet, Navigators, and BMC are at the front of the break. They're trading short pulls and just starting to climb. These early slopes are not very steep and are conducive to a rotating paceline like they're doing.

14:43 EDT   
We're definitely on the climb now. One of the two Navigator's riders is doing most of the work right now. All the riders are climbing seated.

14:47 EDT    146.1km/26km to go
1 km to the KOM.

Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Alexandre Moos (BMC) are suffering at the back of the break.

Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), and Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC) are at the front.

14:51 EDT    147km/25.1km to go
Leaders getting 25 km to go.

They're over the top. KOM results are 1. Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), 2. Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), 3. Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), 4. Alexandre Moos (BMC), 5. Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home).

14:57 EDT    152.1km/20km to go
The leaders are seeing 20 km to go. The gap is down to 3:10, and they are on a gradual downhill section.

They'll keep going down and then pick up more speed on the Gainsville Highway. It's a sweeping, wide downhill.

This is the final major downhill before Brasstown. There's about 10 km to go before the Brasstown Bald climb.

14:58 EDT   
We're passing over the Nottely River.

15:00 EDT    156.1km/16km to go
Navigators and CSC appear to be still driving the break. The riders are standing up and working their way to the top of a small rise.

15:03 EDT   
The gap is continuing to drop. It's at 2:50 now. The mountains are looming bigger in the distance.

A group of riders is off the back of the peloton now. They lost contact on the last KOM and are at 6:30 back from the leaders. The riders are Emile Abraham (Priority Health), Garrett Peltonen (Priority Health), Ivan Dominguez (Toyota-United), Henk Vogels (Toyota-United), Matt Shriver (Jittery Joe's), Brian Dziewa (USA National Development Team), and Eric Riggs (USA National Development Team).

15:04 EDT    157km/15.1km to go
Both Navigators riders are on the front, really driving the break now. But the chase is on behind them. The gap is down to 2:30.

15:07 EDT   
Some of the police cars in the middle are getting pulled out from between the leaders and the pack. That's not a good sign for the leaders.

The break is working evenly, in a paceline. Roads starting to kick up. Navigators is driving again trying to make it last as long as possible. CSC is under no obligation to chase with a rider up here. If Discovery wants to get another stage win, they'll have to bring them back.

The field is riding at 27 mph (43.5 kph).

15:08 EDT   
Alexandre Moos (BMC) is attacking. Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC) is following. Then Danny Pate (Team Slipstream) and Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net).

Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United) is in difficulty.

15:08 EDT   
Moos is attacking and on his own. He has a 10 m gap.

15:09 EDT    162.1km/10km to go
Moos has a 50m gap.

Baldwin (Toyota-United) and both Navigators riders have dropped off the back.

15:10 EDT   
Moos is solo, on a bit of downhill. He's driving it in the drops. He's got 100m.

15:11 EDT   
Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), and Danny Pate (Team Slipstream) are together behind Alexandre Moos (BMC).

15:13 EDT   
Moos has 8 seconds over his four chasers.

15:17 EDT   
Moos has 50 meters. They almost caught him and then he started to stretch it out again. Now he's almost at 100m.

15:18 EDT    164km/8.1km to go
There are a lot of cars along the road here. That means there'll be a lot of spectators higher up since they don't let the cars drive up the mountain.

Moos is still in the lead. He's got 75 m. He's using all the road and is out of the saddle whenever it pitches up.

15:19 EDT    167.1km/5km to go
The four chasers Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), and Danny Pate (Team Slipstream) are still together.

They're getting 5km to go.

15:20 EDT   
Moos is on the final Brasstown Bald climb. He passes under a "welcome to Brasstown Bald Mountain" sign.

15:21 EDT   
Baldwin and one of the Navigators riders from the original break are getting reeled in by the peloton. The peloton is at 2:10.

15:22 EDT   
We're starting to see more people up here now, but nearly as many as last year or when Lance was racing. This stage used to be on a Saturday, when fewer spectators would have had work obligations.

15:23 EDT    168.1km/4km to go
Danny Pate (Team Slipstream) is falling off the pace of the chasers now. So we're down to three chasers.

15:26 EDT   
Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval - Prodir), Thomas Danielson (Discovery Channel), and Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) have broken away from the peloton. The climbers have made their move.

15:28 EDT   
It's a 1:35 gap to the peloton. Moos is still away. He's looking a little tired but still climbing pretty well.

Leipheimer is attacking. He's getting away from Simoni and looking really good.

15:28 EDT    169.1km/3km to go
Leipheimer is catching and passing Pate.

15:31 EDT   
Alexandre Moos (BMC) is leading, but Leipheimer is catching the chasers Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC).

15:31 EDT   
Leipheimer has caught Moos and assumed the lead.

15:31 EDT   
Colby tried to hang on when Leipheimer went by but he couldn't do it.

15:32 EDT   
Moos is really suffering as Leipheimer goes by.

15:34 EDT    170.1km/2km to go
Vandevelde is leading Brajkovic, but he's on his wheel. Vandevelde looks pretty comfortable. They're about to catch Pate.

15:34 EDT   
Leipheimer is flying up the mountain. He looks so comfortable right now in the lead. He's got a high cadence.

Pate has caught on to Vandevelde and Brajkovic and hanging with them.

15:35 EDT   
Vandevelde puts in a dig, but Brajkovic shadows him. Pate loses contact with them.

15:36 EDT    171.1km/1km to go
Moos, Colby, and Hesjedal are behind Levi, who's getting 1 km to go.

15:36 EDT   
Leipheimer is inside one kilometer.

Vandevelde and Brajkovic are still together, fighting their battle for the GC. Going into today, they were separated by 12 seconds.

15:37 EDT   
Leipheimer is still strong. He's out of the saddle on the steep section. A man is running alongside him waving a flag.

15:38 EDT   
Leipheimer gets 500m to go. It's getting really steep now, and he's working hard, riding solo.

15:38 EDT   
Vandevelde and Brajkovic get 1km to go.

15:39 EDT   
250 m for Leipheimer. Vandevelde keeps trying to drop Brajkovic, but he's not going anywhere.

15:39 EDT   
Vandevelde and Brajkovic have caught Hesjedal.

Leipheimer is at 50m.

15:40 EDT   
Leipheimer wins the stage! Vandevelde is putting in a last ditch effort, but he's still got his shadow.

15:40 EDT   
Vandevelde and Brajkovic are side by side now on a steep section.

15:42 EDT   
Danielson takes second. Colby get third.

15:42 EDT   
There'll be no change in GC. Vandevelde finished with Brajkovic.

15:43 EDT   
The peloton exploded on the climb and everyone is finishing as best they can.

15:48 EDT   
Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) has made it two stage wins in a row, after he also won yesterday's time trial. His team also retains its overall lead with Janez Brajkovic keeping his leader's jersey ahead of Christian Vandevelde (Team CSC).

16:02 EDT   
That wraps up our live coverage for today. We'll get you full results as soon as possible on our site www.cyclingnews.com, so stay tuned.

Thanks for joining us today! Stage 6 starts tomorrow (Saturday) at noon US EST and runs 182.9km from Lake Lanier Islands to Stone Mountain Park.

We hope you'll enjoy the race with us again tomorrow.

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