Tour de Georgia's first team time trial

Fifteen teams will be racing against the clock at the Road Atlanta speedway for Stage 4 of the 2008 Tour de Georgia, the event's first-ever team time trial.

The course is located in Braselton, northeast of Atlanta, and the event is scheduled to run from 1 to about 4 p.m. (ET).  As usual, is offering its video stream of the bike race and Tour Tracker will post updates.

The motorsports track is a hilly 2.5-mile loop with 12 turns, which should make it challenging for riders on the eight-man teams to hang together over the 10-mile race.

There will be two teams on the track at once.

Podium Cafe explains the rules at the finish line:

“The finish time of the team will be determined by the time the front wheel of the fourth rider crosses the finish line. Any riders finishing behind the fifth rider on that team will be awarded their actual time across the line.”

Here's the Road Atlanta course layout. (.pdf). Here's the official start list (the time trial starts with Marco Polo and HealthNet and ends with High Road and Astana).

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