Armstrong plays supporting role on rain-drenched day in the mountains
DAHLONEGA, Ga.– His stomach aching and soaked from a grueling, stormy day in the mountains, Lance Armstrong settled for a supporting role at the Tour de Georgia.
Brian Vandborg of Denmark won the fourth stage on Friday, holding off the Armstrong-led Discovery Channel team on a 133-mile course that took the cyclists over peaks stretching as high as 3,260 feet and through a harrowing thunderstorm.
One of Armstrong’s teammates, Viatcheslav Ekimov, was edged at the line by Vandborg. Another Discovery Channel rider, Jose Luis Rubiera, set the pace much of the day.
Floyd Landis kept the yellow jersey as the overall race leader for the second day in a row, though he’ll face a tough challenge keeping it today on the climb to 4,787-foot Brasstown Bald — the highest point in Georgia.
Armstrong cruised across the line in seventh place. While he moved up one spot to eighth in the overall standings, he remained 1 minute, 42 seconds behind Landis.