News of another team that will take the start line at the Tour de Georgia has emerged via a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Previously, race organizers had announced the participation of eight of the 15 teams:
BMC Racing (USA)
Bissell Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Team CSC (Denmark)
Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team (USA)
Slipstream/Chipotle presented by H30 (USA)
Team High Road (USA)
Thanks to the fantastic Steephill.tv Bike Travelogue, we learned that Canada's Symmetrics team earned a much-deserved invite. Now we can add the China-based Marco Polo team.
That leaves five slots open.
Toyota-United deserves a nod for its "only domestic team to win a stage in every U.S. grand tour" accomplishment. Health Net presented by Maxxis is the four-time NRC team champion. Jelly Belly, Rock Racing and Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast were the other three U.S.-based teams who raced at the Amgen Tour of California last month.
Not at California, but certainly deserving of a spot, is Ed Beamon and Tom Schuler's new Team Type 1 squad. Also not at California, but at Georgia last year, was Tinkoff Credit Systems - which won Stage 1.
Seems like there's going to be more than a few teams on the outside looking in.