2005 TOUR DE GEORGIA
THE COLAVITA INTERVIEW
Monday, 18 April 2005.
We spent the morning wandering the team area and talking with the players. Most of them were very hospitable and willing to take a few moments to tell us what they thought about the race and their strategies. The folks we spent time with was the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home team. These guys were the nicest group of riders a person could ever want to meet and were really excited about the race.
Frank McCormack the Director Sportif is in his first year of full time management of the team. He worked part time with the team last year and said about the Tour de Georgia, "I am proud to be part of such a great event." He went on to say that this event was "Wonderful! Dodge is providing great support and the folks at Metalsports have done a Spectacular job of organizing the race."
This years Colavita/Sutter Home squad consists of 2 Argentineans, 1 Italian and 5 Americans. Frank explained that their objective for the race was to win a sprint stage. They will be concentrating on the flatter stages and the teams goal is to protect Juan Jose Haedo and get him in position for a end of stage sprint to the line.
DIRECTOR SPORTIF, FRANK McCORMACK
We spent a few minutes with the 36 year old Gustavo Artacho. This is his third Tour de Georgia event with Colavita. Before moving onto the professional squad he rode one year on their amateur team. His specialties are road racing and criterions. Prior to this event he spent 45 days with the team racing in California. He enjoys riding in hot weather and hopes that the warm weather we are experiencing presently holds throughout the race.
CAROL INTERVIEWS GUSTAVO ARTACHO
Juan Hose Haedo arrives at this years Tour de Georgia fresh from two stage wins at the Redlands Classic in California. This is his second Tour de Georgia and took second in last years final stage. His focus for this race are the sprint finishes on stages one, two and six. He had this to say about the race, "The people here are so nice and friendly." He added that he was "So excited to be back here with his Colavita Olive Oil teammates." After the race his plans are to go to Belgium and prepare for the U.S. Pro Championships.
JUAN JOSE HAEDO
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stage 2 stage 5
stage 3 STAGE 6
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