TOAD’15: Elkhart Lake Road Race at Road America
Day 7 of 11 (Tuesday, June 23, 2015) of the 2015 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The Elkhart Lake Road Race at Road America.
Revving their Engines for Milk: Pic and Bobridge
Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board traveled to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for a closed circuit race at Road America, a legendary four-mile, 14-turn loop.
The Pro Women clung together for the duration of their contest, seemingly to reserve fuel for the final four days. Fearless Femme Starla Teddergreen and SmartChoice MRI’s Jeannie Kuhajek led the charge with two on the lap counter while New Zealand Cycling’s Elizabeth Steel attempted to break from the field with one to go but it was Tina Pic (Pepper Palace) who was first to cross the line. Kaitlyn Antonneau (TWENTY16-Sho-Air) took second while Laura Van Gilder stood proudly on the third step of the TOAD podium.
Teamwork and strategy will be integral throughout the final days of ToAD as overall competitions are tight, with every place and point impacting standings. Pic sits just one point below Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) who stays in the pink Boston Store overall leader jersey. Hanson and her teammates are still within striking distance of the ISCorp-SmartChoiceMRI team, who top the SmartChoiceMRI team omnium standings. Tie breaker criteria keeps ISCorp’s Nicole Nicole Mertz in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 amateur jersey over Janelle Cole (Fearless Femme), going into Neenah.
The sun above intense and the air sticky, the competition on the Road America track was heated as a break of 8 developed after four laps: Dan Gardner (Astellas), Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklift), Zachary Nehr (ISCorp), Ben Hill (Charter Mason-Giant), Dan Chauner (Atomic Energy), Liciclismo’s Antonio Alarcon and Christian Guitterez, and Hector Aguilar (Stradalli). Various chase groups in multiples of four and two formed for the duration of the 65-mile effort, as the band of eight grew the gap to 3:00. But it was Bobridge who celebrated on the top step of the podium with Schlitz Park winner Ben Hill taking second and Gardner third.
Alexander Ray (Silber Racing) stays in the yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board overall leader jersey with Scott Sunderland (Budget Forklift) and Brandon Feehery (Astellas), sitting just three and five points out, respectively. Budget Forklift retains top billing in the SmartChoice MRI Pro Team Omnium standings, 20 points ahead of Astellas. AltoVelo-Seasucker fell into third after taking the day off from racing. Stradalli’s Jose Frank Rodriguez stays in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 leader jersey with LAPT’s Billy Mulligan closing in three points back.
Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Thursday with the Neenah Rocket Criterium, a new host venue for ToAD.
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