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TOAD’15: The Milwaukee Mile

Day 5 of 11 (Monday, June 22, 2015) of the 2015 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The Milwaukee Mile Circuit Race at State Fair Park.

Strong Gusts, Heavy Rain and 100% Chance of Hanson & Sunderland Producing Win Storms

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If Dorothy started out on her bike in Wisconsin, she and Toto would have returned to Kansas in record time as the wicked winds during the Milwaukee Mile Circuit Race at State Fair Park topped 50 miles per hour at times. Still, Day 5 of the Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board refused to allow hefty gusts, rain sheets and lightning prevent the show from going on. Temporary delays and puddles begone, the day’s races went off on the oldest operating motor speedway in America.

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With the pavement dry but a challenge enough to stay upright, Pepper Palace’s Julie Kuliecza, Amy Cutler (Fearless Femme) and Philippa Sutton (New Zealand Cycling) went off the front with four laps remaining of the Pro Women’s shortened 50-minute contest. Sutton teammate Sheath took over pole position and was joined by Abby Krawczyk (ISCorp-SmartChoiceMRI) with three to go. Leading the charge with two on the counter was Krawczyk and Kristin LaSasso (Mellow Mushroom). Coming into the final stretch, it was a slo-mo sprint through the wind tunnel with Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) powering through for the win. Sheath and ISCorp’s Holly Mathews took second and third, respectively.

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Hanson slipped back into the pink Boston Store Leader Jersey but the competition is strong as just 11 points separate Hanson, Tina Pic (Pepper Palace), Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) and Yussely Soto (ISCorp) going into the mid-point of TOAD. Mathews takes over the green Oarsman Cat 2 Leader Jersey, just one point ahead of ISCorp teammate Nicole Mertz and three up from Janelle Cole (Fearless Femme). ISCorp stays atop the SmartChoice MRI Team Omnium standings but Fearless Femme is within reach.

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Early on in the Men’s Pro race, Hector Aquilar (Stradalli-Safetti) and Omar Mendoza (Liciclismo Meta Colombia) put forth a ginormous effort going way up the road with GS Mengoni’s Eugene Boronow in pursuit. Mac Cassin (AltoVelo-SeaSucker) and Owen Gillott (Hagens Berman) soon replaced Boronow with AltoVelo Daniel Holloway and Texas Roadhouse Colton Barrett taking charge in the field. Holloway and Barrett were soon in hot pursuit as the gap grew to 30 seconds then fell to 15. The catch was made, and the gap back to the field was now at 45 seconds. Mendoza made a move away from the remaining trio as the field came closing in.

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Mendoza confident in the driver’s seat, those in the back seat kept shuffling as Cassin and ISCorp’s Labecki caught up with Mendoza. Now being chased by Companioni Blanco (Stradalli) and Cristian Serrano (Liciclismo) 17 seconds in the rear view mirror, the break again sat 30 seconds ahead of the field dominated by Astellas and Budget Forklift. The break was now four, as Labecki fell back. Shuffle those shells in the field, and let’s see who is hiding where. One to go, it was Budget Forklift and AltoVelo driving with Liciclismo and Stradalli in the mix as Alexander Ray (Silber Racing) crouched low. A familiar face o the TOAD podium, it was Budget Forklift’s Scott Sunderland capturing the win and a reunion with the Overall Yellow Leader Jersey. The Overall is a close competition with just five points separating Sunderland, ARay, Brandon Feehery (Astellas) and Aldo Ino Ilesic (AltoVelo), who also took second in the day’s race and stood tall on the stage with AltoVelo teammates as leaders in the SmartChoice MRI Pro Team Omnium competition. Aray stood third on the day’s podium but sits just two points behind Sunderland in the Overall. Jose Frank Rodriquez stays atop the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 standings.

Day 6 of Tour of America’s Dairyland finds racers just outside Downtown Milwaukee for the Schlitz Park Criterium.

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