Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO-To The Top) retains a razor-thin one-point lead in the Women’s Pro Category of the Tour of America’s Dairyland. The racing was fast and exciting on the technical course for yesterday’s Schlitz Park Criterium, but the West Allis native sat safely in the front of the pack in the final five laps of the racing after her TIBCO teammate Joanne Kiesanowski, a pro from New Zealand, got in a break with Jessica Prinner (Colavita-Fine Cooking) and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom). Kiesanowski (how can she not be from Milwaukee?) managed to hold off the other three veteran racers for the win on the day, and Schneider finished ninth on the day, but stays in the Pink Boston Store-Younkers Overall Leader Jersey. Sam’s sister Skylar appeared to lose some steam as the race went on and finished 30th, falling two points behind Laura Jorgensen (Mellow Mushroom), who now wears the leader jersey in the Women’s Pro Category 2 .
It sounds like my former Velo Trocadero teammate and Wauwatosa native James Stemper put on quite a show in the men’s pro race to close out the day of racing. Unfortunately I had to leave for a meeting in Walkers Point (I hate when work gets in the way of watching bike racing), so thanks to Lisa Downey from ToAD for this report on all the action I missed!
With 33 laps remaining, James Stemper (5Hour Energy-KENDA) and Orlando-Garibay (Incycle-Predator) led the charge to get a small split from the pack. Not quite 10 laps later, a solid break of four had developed: Jordan Cullen (Hagens Berman), Gabriel Varela (Canyon Bicycles), Dahlheim and Stemper. It was now or never, and they didn’t leave any doubt in the field’s mind of their decision. Gone! At the race midpoint, Garibay joined the party, making it an impenetrable break of five that would rule the rest of the day. While the gap grew to 45 seconds, Colton Barrett (Athlete Octane) picked up nearly $500 in field primes as Cole House (Intelligentsia) took a chance and popped out of the field. Six to go, Dahlheim defected from the break, and went up the road, only to be caught with two remaining. One lap to go and all on attack, it was Garibay who claimed a wide-grin victory with second and third steps on the podium occupied by Cullen and Stemper. Holloway stays in the Yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Overall Leader Jersey but Owen Gillott (Hagens Berman) remains within striking distance. Athlete Octane continues to rule the Smart Choice MRI Pro Men Team Omnium. Local rider Nate Labecki (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) stays in the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Green Jersey.
Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Wednesday with the Series’ one road race at the historic Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake.