Phonaks Floyd Landis has taken over the yellow jersey at the
Dodge Tour of Georgia from South African team-mate, Robert
Hunter, after the American won the individual time trial.
Landis is Phonaks designated GC rider for the Dodge Tour of
Georgia , and a former domestique for the great Lance Armstrong,
whom he helped to his historic sixth TDF victory last year.
Landis clocked 39:58 for the very wet 29,9km TT, just six seconds
off Lance Armstrongs 2004 winning time. His reaction to his win
and the classy time was typical, pointing out simply that this was
as good as I could have hoped(for) , but its not over yet, well see!
Another former U.S. Postal rider, David Zabriskie, finished in a strong
second place for his CSC team, moving him up to just nineteen seconds
behind Landis on the overall classification .
Defending champion, Lance Armstrong, who finished ninth, confirmed after
the race that. I didnt feel great, but I thought I would do better.
Armstrong pointed out, Now the race is on the shoulders of Phonak and
CSC and well just be secondary players, and see if we can mix things up
Race leader Floyd Landis has a lot on his plate for the next stage, and
he knows it.
It will be especially tough because the Phonak team is two riders short,
and Hunter, who celebrates his birthday today, will be spending most of
it working hard to make sure Landis stays in yellow.
Ill be doing the best I can to help Floyd, confirmed Hunter.
Happy Birthday, Robert !! .
General classification after stage 3
1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 0.19
3 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Navigators Insurance 0.22
4 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 0.28
5 Nathan ONeill (Aus) Navigators Insurance 0.43
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 0.50
7 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 1.00
8 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel 1.21
9 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel 1.42
10 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC 1.47
11 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel 1.53
12 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems 2.06
13 Danny Pate (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel 2.12
14 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC 2.18
15 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner 2.23