Tour De Georgia Kicks Off, Augusta Bound Tuesday

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News 12 @ 6 Monday, April 21, 2008
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Ivan Dominguez of Cuba has won the first
stage of the Tour de Georgia, sprinting across the finish line a
tenth of a second ahead of a crowded peloton.

Dominguez of the Toyota-United team finised the 71.8-mile stage
Monday from Tybee Island to Savannah in 2 hours, 30 minutes and
18.2 seconds. Nicholas Sanderson of Australia was second, followed by Robert Forster of Germany in third. Both finished just 0.1 seconds behind the leader.

The 592-mile race beginning on the coastal Georgia beaches moves
to its second stage Tuesday from Statesboro to Augusta. From there
it will wind through the North Georgia mountains before finishing
Sunday with a circuit race in Atlanta.

Cyclists face an uphill climb during the longest stage of 133.4
miles Friday from Suwanee to Dahlonega, a build-up to the sixth
stage's brutal trek up Brasstown Bald Mountain on Saturday.

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