Well, here we are at the end of the Tour de Georgia. Barring a completely unexpected turn of events, Janez Brajkovic (Discovery) will finish on Sunday as the overall winner of the 2007 Tour de Georgia. As of Saturday night, the GC standings look like this:
- BRAJKOVIC Janez DSC 23.01’03”
- VANDE VELDE Christian CSC 23.01’15” 12″
- CANADA GRACIA David SDV 23.04’07” 3’04”
With numbers like that, Vande Velde can only hope that the Discovery riders give him room to breathe, and Canada Gracia can only hope for an alien abduction of the first two guys.
And all Ryder Hesjedal needs to do to keep the KOM jersey is cross the finish line.
So with the GC all but in the books, what’s the real race tomorrow? The overall sprint jersey. Right now, the sprint points standings are:
- HAEDO Juan JosÃ© CSC 26
- RODRIGUEZ Fred PRL 25
- CONTRINI Daniele TCS 23
- LEIPHEIMER Levi DSC 20
With only a single point separating Haedo and Rodrigeuz, you can be sure they’ll be keeping an eye on each other. There are no sprint lines during Sunday’s circuit, but the first ten finishers are awarded sprint points (15 for 1st, 12 for 2nd, 10 for 3rd, and then 7-1 for 4th-10th). Rodriguez is a two time winner of the TdG overall sprint jersey (2003 and 2006), but Haedo’s made no secret of the fact that he’d like to earn a turn at it on Sunday.