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TOAD’15: East Tosa Gran Prix

GranFinale Day of 11 (Sunday, June 28, 2015). The East Tosa Gran Prix, part of the 2015 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

ISCorp’s Schneider Sisters Go 1-2 in East Tosa as Pepper Palace’s Pic Takes Overall; Ben Hill Wins ToAD Final Day while Budget Forklift’s Sunderland Goes Home in Yellow

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The 7th Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing delivered thrill and mystery right down to the day’s last lap on its eleventh and final ToAD series stop, as clear omnium winners going in there were not.

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On the Day of the Sabbath, East Tosa altered their plans, and came out in force to cheer for our athletes one race away from their day of rest. Lining the course at breakfast and standing nearly 10-deep in spots for the Pro races, the East Tosa Gran Prix was truly a GranFinale.

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The crowd saw the gameboard shuffle with each lap as Pepper Palace, Fearless Femme and ISCorp-SmartChoice MRI were the usual suspects off the front. Going into the night, Tina (Pepper Palace) stood atop the Boston Store Pro Women Omnium standings just two points ahead of Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme). One showing on the lap counter, Pic was being led out with ISCorp tucked behind. The pace was frenetic as an all-out sprint ensued with Wisconsin’s cycling sisters, Skylar and Sam Schneider, going one and two across the East Tosa Gran Prix line. Hanson took third for the day but with Pic logging a fourth place finish for the day, Pic went home in the pink Boston Store Overall Winner’s jersey, by the narrowest one point margin.

Hanson’s Fearless Femme teammate Janelle Cole smiled broadly in green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Overall Winner jersey. The Schneider sisters and their ISCORP teammates rode away from the ToAD series with the SmartChoice MRI Pro Team Omnium Overall win. Lauren Ellis (New Zealand Cycling) won the inaugural Lowland Group GranFinale 3-Day Sprint Omnium with Amy Cutler (Fearless Femme) and Holly Mathews (ISCorp) rounding out that podium. The Pro Women put on an exceptional show through the competition’s 11 days and all deserve podium recognition.

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And then there with 73, with one less rider jumping with the gun, as Brandon Feehery (Astellas) flatted on the start line and joined out of the SRAM pit on the go-around. Primes, attacks and rotating chasers were again on the docket throughout the 90-minute contest. The pace was freight train fast as many added cash to their pockets while others calculated points. Five laps in, LAPT’s Billy Mulligan, ToAD’s Overall Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur winner, took a huge solo flyer off the front before Ben Hill (Charter Mason/Donkey Label) and Dustin Morici (EGO-Sammy’s Bikes) accepted their party invites. Mulligan slipping with two laps showing, it was all Ben Hill with Morici on the chase. For the ToAD GranFinale solo win at the East Tosa Gran Prix it was Ben Hill with Budget Forklift making two more podium appearances as Sunderland and O’Shea took second and third, respectively.

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Scott Sunderland and his Budget Forklift teammates put on quite the show from day one in Shorewood, as Sunderland packs in his suitcase the yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Overall Leader jersey, 10 points ahead of Alexander Ray (Silber Cycling). Budget Forklift also secured the SmartChoice MRI Pro Team Omnium. The final Budget Forklift return to the podium was Mitchell Mulhern, winning the Lowlands Group GranFinale 3-Day Sprint Omnium. Daniel Holloway (AltoVelo-Seasucker) and Hogan Sills (Astellas) landed second and third.

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The 2015 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a wrap. Time for rest, and visions of 2016.

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