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Tour de Georgia to come through Boro Tuesday
Tour de Georgia photo
In this photo from the 2007 Tour de Georgia race, riders are shown on a rural road. The second stage of the 2008 Tour de Georgia begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Statesboro. - photo by Special
    On Tuesday, the 2008 Tour de Georgia will make its way through Statesboro, giving citizens of Bulloch County and surrounding areas to see the premiere cycling event in the United States.
    The race will start at 10:30 a.m. today on Tybee Island, but Stage 2 will begin from downtown Statesboro on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
    One-hundred and forty eight cyclists divided into 15 teams from 23 different countries will take part in the event in what is widely considered a "warm-up" for this summer's Tour de France. In it's sixth year, the Tour has delevoped a festival-like following and is expected to provide a boom in the local economy.
    Residents and fans are urged to line the streets to cheer the riders on. The cyclists will make a running start after departing from the corner of East Main Street and Siebald Street, turning left on South Main Street, left on East Grady Street, left on College Boulevard and left on Savannah Avenue. They'll then turn right onto North Main Street and head north towards Screven County where they'll merge onto Highway 17 and end in Augusta around 3:15 p.m.
    After finishing Stage 1 of the race on Monday, the riders will be transported to Statesboro by car. Pre-race activities on Tuesday will begin at 9 a.m. — including 'Autograph Alley' — where riders will sign autographs prior to checking into the race.
    This year's route ends in Atlanta after passing through Washington, Braselton, Gainesville, Suwanee, Dahlonega, Brasstown Bald and Blairsville.
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