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Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 8: June 24, 2010
Greenbush Road Race
Caravella, Stemper to enter ToAD Stage 9 in Yellow
Rolling hills, scenic forest, and twisted country back roads dotted with dairy farms served as the backdrop for Stage 8 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, where Sarah Caravella (Team CARD) and James Stemper (Kenda Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER) closed the day in yellow.
The sixth and final lap around the day's 10-mile loop for the Pro Women ended with a spectacular field sprint. Carrie Cash Wooten (Team Vera Bradley Foundation), demonstrated once again her tremendous sprinting ability to snatch the win on the inside from Overall leader Caravella (Team CARD) who was pushing hard on the outside. Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter and Co TWENTY 12) made the day's top three complete with Caravella holding onto the yellow jersey.
The scorching overhead rays combined with extreme uphill climbs and fast descents made for a brutal day of extreme racing but seeing past the burn, racers including Men's podium star Yosvany Falcon (Bahati Foundation) commented on how they appreciated the beauty and intricacies of the course. Taking in the scenic landscape, even ToAD announcer Todd Busteed donned an ABD Cycling kit to race in Masters 4/5 and light-heartedly joked that he perhaps could have used a little more training to tame the beast known as the Greenbush road course.
The men's race saw a dozen or so riders off the front for the last three laps but it boiled down to a hellacious uphill sprint, which Falcon (Bahati) nailed, at the nearly 80-mile mark as Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) and Mike Northey (Rubicon Orbea) bit down hard to lock in second and third, respectively.
The ever-shuffling story under the spotlight belongs to that of the Men's Leader jersey. Ownership shifted today as Rudolph Napolitano (Team Helen's) stood at third overall with Chad Hartley (Kenda Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER) returning to the second step and James Stemper (Kenda Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER) taking back the yellow and white spotted cow jersey after an impressive eighth place stage finish.
A rider who packed in more than she signed up for was Marnie Pearsall (Team GEARGRINDER), a Cat 3/4 rider and physician of internal medicine, who braved the sticky air early morning to race and then was later called upon to assist with a potential injury during a Pro Men's crash on the course. Pearsall closed out her stint in Greenbush donning the yellow dress for the overall podium presentation.
Tour of America's Dairyland heads to Fond du Lac on Friday for the Fond du Lac Bicycling Gran Prix before heading to the ISCorp Downer Classic on Milwaukee's Eastside on Saturday. Closing ceremonies for the 11-day 2010 Tour of America's Dairyland will take place Sunday at the Carl Zach Cycling Classic in Waukesha. View previous race reports in the archive.