The Tour De Georgia starts tomorrow, but nobody could really tell since there is not much buzz about the race this year. Maybe everyone got too excited by the Tour of California and the Classics?
The Tour de Georgia comes at a time when many US riders are injured and thankfully on the mend. Saul Raisin is recovering in France from a coma. Late word on his recovery is that it is going well.
George Hincapie is taking time to recover from injuries sustained in a dramatic failure of his fork steerer tube in paris Roubaix.
Bobby Julich and Christian Vande Velde will stay in Europe as they prepare to help Ivan Basso win the Giro D’Italia. Vande Velde is coming off some injuries to his clavicle and is trying to get enough racing in his legs to be ready for the Giro.
Levi Leipheimer is still training stateside, but the Tour de Georgia website does not list Gerolsteiner as starting the race.
Chris Horner is not listed on the Davitamon-Lotto roster, but teammate Fred Rodriguez will be there.
With all of these absences there are quite a few riders that will help to animate the race as they did in 2005. Tom Danielson and Floyd Landis will be back and hopefully duel out for top GC placings. David Zabriske will be there and could be a contender for the overall too.