Team High Road’s Kim Kirchen won the 72nd and Gregory Henderson won le Tour de Georgia’s third stage as the sun crossed another continent later that same day. Those victories continued the string commenced about a week earlier as sprinter Mark Cavendish repeated as winner of Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen. High Road’s success has not quite equaled that enjoyed so far this year by CSC and Quick Step, but the remnants of the former T-Mobile squad evidently has decided to try to prove that it is worthy of a sponsor.

All that bodes well as the Georgia Tour heads into the mountains. In addition to strong Gerolsteiner and CSC (who also is riding hard to win a new sponsor next year) teams, High Road faces an Astana team that still is trying to prove it should not have been left out of le Tour de France and the other UCI events. Throw in highly motivated continental teams like Toyota United and Health Net, and more Georgia fire works certainly are in store.