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Tinkoff’s Contrini wins Georgia opener

Daniele Contrini (Tinkoff Credit Systems) won stage 1 of the 2007 Tour de Georgia on Monday, leaping away from a breakaway to cross the line alone in downtown Macon. The 33-year-old Italian made his move during a series of finishing circuits, using a brick climb to spring away from Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Doug Ollerenshaw (Health Net-Maxxis) and Mike Sayers (BMC) to win the 98.5-mile stage from Peachtree City to Macon. Full results

By JoE Silva

Contrini opens Tinkoff's U.S. account

Contrini opens Tinkoff’s U.S. account

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Daniele Contrini (Tinkoff Credit Systems) won stage 1 of the 2007 Tour de Georgia on Monday, leaping away from a breakaway to cross the line alone in downtown Macon.

The 33-year-old Italian made his move during a series of finishing circuits, using a brick climb to spring away from Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Doug Ollerenshaw (Health Net-Maxxis) and Mike Sayers (BMC) to win the 98.5-mile stage from Peachtree City to Macon.

Full results

It was a dramatic end to a day highlighted by the comebacks of two prominent Americans. Tyler Hamilton (Tinkoff) made his first appearance at a domestic UCI race since 2001, while former teammate George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) was back after his accident in February’s Amgen Tour of California.

“I’ve been training quite a bit,” said Hincapie. “I wasn’t able to get out of the saddle for a month, so while I was able to ride, but I was only riding indoors for the first 10 days after my accident. But (since then) I’ve been able to get outside so I shouldn’t be in too bad shape.”

Kirk O'Bee (Health Net) and Viktor Rapinsky (Navigators) have a dig

Kirk O’Bee (Health Net) and Viktor Rapinsky (Navigators) have a dig

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

With a strong tailwind pushing the field over the rolling terrain, high speeds were expected and delivered. Local outfit Jittery Joe’s showed some aggression early on, demonstrating the team’s desire to represent in its home state, but nothing really took hold as the bunch charged along at speeds of up to 35 mph.

That all changed once Navigators rider Viktor Rapinski got away and opened up a minute’s advantage on the field, collecting two intermediate sprint wins along the way as the race headed towards the rollercoaster ride of small hills outside of Macon.

Rapinski’s big effort came to an end once he hit the feed zone, and he gladly accepted the company of Aussie teammate Day, Contrini, Ollerenshaw and Sayers, who had been chasing him steadily for just over an hour.

The leaders began working in concert through beautiful, largely rural terrain. Children along the route were taken out in front of their schools to catch glimpses of the day’s spectacle as the peloton allowed the five to ratchet up a gap of six-plus minutes. But once the stage reached the 70-mile mark, a serious chase began, fueled by Discovery and Team CSC.

Toyota waited until too late to join the chase

Toyota waited until too late to join the chase

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Not participating, much to their eventual misfortune, were the men of Toyota-United. A mildly frustrated Ivan Dominguez, who had been a key favorite for a sprint win in stage 1, illustrated his team’s miscalculation.

“Without the strong tailwind, the five escapees would have been caught,” said Dominguez. “We should have probably had a few guys work when CSC and Discovery were on the front, but (team director) Harm Jansen said to wait. By the time we started chasing it was too late, and the other teams didn’t want to do anything.”

As a result the breakaway was able to soldier on, eventually dropping Rapinski as they entered the three 2.55-mile finishing circuits in downtown Macon.

“We’d been working together pretty (steadily) coming into the circuits,” explained Ollerenshaw. “The first time up the brick climb, Contrini attacked, and that got rid of Viktor Rapinski, but the rest of us were able to follow that first attack. And then he pretty well pulled that entire lap leading back to the bricks. He tried to get some people to pull through, and we slowed down occasionally, but nobody wanted to work. He showed that he was really strong.”

Ollerenshaw stuck close to Contrini’s wheel up the climb, but when the Health Net rider’s focus shifted to Day’s whereabouts, Contrini took advantage of his distraction to seal the deal. The Italian buried himself, grimacing over the final circuit to take the win.

“This shows again that I’m good for a few more years,” said the stage winner.

Racing at the Tour de Georgia continues Tuesday with another flat stage, a 134.9-mile run from Thomaston to Rome.

Contrini rips it

Contrini rips it

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Race note
Discovery’s Jason McCartney was the sole non-starter in today’s stage. VeloNews spoke with teammate Tom Danielson, who said McCartney has been suffering from flu-like symptoms for several days. On Monday morning, the 33-year-old pro awoke with a temperature in excess of 100 and team officials took him to a local hospital “for precautionary reasons.” The Tour de Georgia is now down to 116 riders.

Stage results
1. Daniele Contrini (I), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:24:11
2. Douglas Ollerenshaw (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 3:24:40
3. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, 3:24:49
4. Emile Abraham (Tri), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:25:31
5. Andrea Tonti (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:32
6. Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, 3:25:33
7. Ivan Dominguez (Cub), Toyota United, 3:25:33
8. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, 3:25:33
9. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33
10. Ciaran Power (Irl), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33
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Results

Official Stage Results
1. Daniele Contrini (I), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:24:11

2. Douglas Ollerenshaw (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 3:24:40

3. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, 3:24:49

4. Emile Abraham (TRI), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:25:31

5. Andrea Tonti (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:32

6. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

7. Ivan Dominguez (CUB), Toyota United, 3:25:33

8. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

9. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33

10. Ciaran Power (IRL), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33

11. Haedo Juan José (ARG), CSC, 3:25:33

12. Alessandro Proni (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

13. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

14. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 3:25:33

15. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

16. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

17. Preben Van Hecke (B), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

18. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:25:33

19. Thomas Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, 3:25:33

20. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC, 3:25:33

21. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, 3:25:33

22. Alexandre Moos (Swi), BMC, 3:25:33

23. Maarten Wijnants (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

24. Tommy Nankervis (Aus), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:25:33

25. John Devine (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:25:33

26. Charles Dionne (CAN), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

27. Nathan O'Neill (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

28. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval, 3:25:33

29. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, 3:25:33

30. Austin King (USA), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:25:33

31. Cesar Grajales (Col), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:25:33

32. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

33. Christophe Brandt (B), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

34. Christian Vande Velde (USA), CSC, 3:25:33

35. Benjamin (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:25:33

36. David Canada Gracia (Sp), Saunier Duval, 3:25:33

37. Hendricus Vogels (Aus), Toyota United, 3:25:33

38. David Zabriskie (USA), CSC, 3:25:33

39. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33

40. Jason Donald (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

41. Trent Wilson (Aus), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:25:33

42. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saunier Duval, 3:25:33

43. Jackson Stewart (USA), BMC, 3:25:33

44. Sheldon Deeny (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:25:33

45. Hubert Schwab (Swi), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

46. Kevin Seeldraeyers (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

47. Christophe Rinero (F), Saunier Duval, 3:25:33

48. Anthony Colby (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

49. Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Discovery Channel, 3:25:33

50. Pavel Brutt (Rus), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:25:33

51. David Mccann (IRL), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

52. Peter Hatton (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

53. Justin England (USA), Toyota United, 3:25:33

54. Matthew Goss (Aus), CSC, 3:25:33

55. Gustavo Artacho (ARG), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

56. Leonardo Scarselli (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

57. Tyler Hamilton (USA), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:25:33

58. Tyler Wren (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

59. Asle Kurt Asle (Nor), CSC, 3:25:33

60. Dominique Cornu (B), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

61. Mauro Facci (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

62. Philip Zajicek (USA), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33

63. Ivan Santaromita (Swi), Quick Step-Innergetic, 3:25:33

64. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval, 3:25:33

65. Geert Steurs (B), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

66. Kirk O'Bee (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

67. Nicolas Gates (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

68. Edward King (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:25:33

69. Davide Frattini (I), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:25:33

70. Guido Trentin (I), Saunier Duval, 3:25:33

71. Cody Stevenson (Aus), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:25:33

72. Brian Vandborg (Dk), Discovery Channel, 3:25:33

73. Christopher Baldwin (USA), Toyota United, 3:25:33

74. Timothy Duggan (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

75. Ben Brooks (Aus), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33

76. Scott Moninger (USA), BMC, 3:25:33

77. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

78. Craig Lewis (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

79. Glen Chadwick (NZl), Navigators Insurance, 3:25:33

80. Anders Lund (Dk), CSC, 3:25:33

81. Elia Aggiano (I), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:25:33

82. Jonathan Mc Carty (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

83. Ian Mckissick (USA), BMC, 3:25:33

84. Martin Pedersen (Dk), CSC, 3:25:33

85. Pavel Padrnos (Cz), Discovery Channel, 3:25:33

86. Jeff Louder (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

87. Olivier Kaisen (B), Predictor-Lotto, 3:25:33

88. Michael Lange (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 3:25:33

89. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, 3:25:33

90. Cameron Wurf (Aus), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:25:33

91. Timothy Johnson (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 3:25:33

92. Steffen Weigold (G), Tinkoff Credit Systems, 3:25:33

93. Neil Shirley (USA), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:25:33

94. Ivan Stevic (SCG), Toyota United, 3:25:33

95. Burke Swindlehurst T (USA), Toyota United, 3:25:33

96. Christopher Wherry (USA), Toyota United, 3:25:33

97. Jacob Rosenbarger (USA), BMC, 3:25:33

98. Eric Keim (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:26:15

99. Chad Beyer (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:26:15

100. Caleb Manion (Aus), Toyota United, 3:26:20

101. Viktar Rapinski (Blr), Navigators Insurance, 3:26:33

102. Michael Sayers (USA), BMC, 3:27:10

103. Eric Riggs (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:27:10

104. Scott Zwizanski (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:29:22

105. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:29:22

106. Brian Dziewa (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:29:22

107. Adam Bergman (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:29:22

108. Matt Shriver (USA), Jittery Joe's Coffee, 3:29:22

109. Stefano Zanini (I), Predictor-Lotto, 3:30:10

110. Nicholas Reistad (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:31:06

111. Gianni Meersman (B), Discovery Channel, 3:31:06

112. Caleb Fairly (USA), U-23 National Team, 3:31:06

113. Omer Kem (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:31:06

114. Richard England (Aus), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:31:06

115. Garrett Peltonen (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:31:27

116. Cornelius Remmert Cornelius (Nl), Saunier Duval, 3:33:17