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Tour of America’s Dairyland 2017 St.5

Stage 5: Downtown West Bend Concourse

– Written by: Paul Warlowski @pwarlowski-

Overall series leader Josie Talbott (ISCorp p/b Progress) won a thrilling sprint finish on a wet, slick course in West Bend for the fifth stage of the Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Talbot beat out Rebecca Wiasak (Fearless Femme Racing) and Peta Mullens (Hagens Berman Supermint) for an all-Australian podium.

The rain started to fall mid-way through the race, and the peloton kept the pace reasonable and safe, particularly around the painted lines and manhole covers in the rolling, six-corner course in West Bend.

Only a short-lived break featuring Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb), Skylar Schneider (ISCorp p/b Progress), Lizzie Williams (Hagens Berman Supermint), and Kyrstin Bluhm (Fearless Femme Racing) got off the front for two laps.

But when Bluhm dropped off the pace, Fearless Femme put the whole team at the front to drag the field up to the break.

With the win, Talbott easily retained her Overall Series leader’s jersey, while Cynthia Frazier (Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes) kept her Cat. 2 Amateur leader’s jersey.

ISCorp p/b Progress also retained the overall team series lead.

Daniel Holloway (Texas Roadhouse) used a bike throw to win the West Bend pro men’s race of the Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Holloway, who is reigning national crit champion, held off Italian Francesco Chicchi (CritLife) and German Florenz Knauer (Stradalli Cycle/Safetti).

Holloway also won the 2014 Overall at the Tour of America’s Dairyland and the amateur criterium national championships in 2015.

Chicchi is a former Pro Tour rider with Fassa Bortolo, Quick Step, and Liquigas. He “retired” last year and is in the U.S. this year to race crits across the country.

While Jadon Jaeger (Intelligentsia Coffee) and Jordan Marhanka (Texas Roadhouse) kept attacking to get off the front like they did in Waukesha, nothing stuck.

Since the race was shortened to 60 minutes because of the heavy rain earlier in the day, the pace was kept high and the leash was tight on all breakaway attempts. The field was mostly strung out single file for the entire race.

With a third in Waukesha and a second tonight in West Bend, Florenz Knauer (Stradalli Cycle/Safetti) takes over the Yellow Jersey as series leader. His teammate Jose Frank Rodriguez (Stradalli Cycle/Safetti) hung on to the Green Jersey for the best Cat. 2 amateur racer.

With the Green and Yellow jerseys in hand, Stradalli Cycle/Safetti kept the overall team award!

• See full results and all the pics here.

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