04 | JAN
Chattanooga, Tennessee (April 20, 2006) - "Without a doubt, that was maybe the hardest time trial course I've ever seen," said Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney, echoing a common sentiment at the Ford Tour de Georgia.
Indeed, the 25-mile course from Chickamauga, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee included steep climbs approaching Lookout Mountain and a sweeping descent that flattened out only during the short run-in to the finish on Chattanooga's Riverside Drive.
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes was the team's best finisher, and his time of 59'11" was good for 36th place, 4'57" behind stage winner and new overall leader Floyd Landis.
"I didn't feel that bad, but I didn't have that extra grunt that I needed," he said afterwards.
Continuing his strong Tour de Georgia, Jesse Anthony was the team's next-fastest on the day, riding a 1.00'06" that was good for 51st on the stage.
Just moments before his teammate Jackson Stewart became the first rider to start the time trial, Anthony was awarded the GE Best Young Rider jersey due to a recalculation of yesterday's stage results.
"Based on what were the official results at first, Jesse had lost one second to [Phonak's Florian] Stalder at the finish, but then they revised the results and erased a lot of the small time gaps. So that put Jesse back on the same time, but with better average placings over the first two stages," explained Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Operations Manager Kurt Stockton.
Despite the unusual circumstances, Anthony handled himself with poise, and even blew a few kisses to the crowd.
Tomorrow's 119-mile stage from Dalton to Dahlonega will be the first of two mountain stages and includes four categorized climbs.