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2012 Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 8 Race Report
Day 8: Sheboygan Harbor Centre Criterium
(First of four USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) ToAD dates)
Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit's Van Gilder and Kenda 5-Hour Energy pb Geargrinder's Murphy Return to Top Step
While the Wisconsin summer heat blast continued to impact the fields today in Sheboygan, both Men's and Women's races churned out spectacular results on the first of four USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) dates during the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Primal/Map My Ride and FCS/Rouse both took turns at solo breakaways early on but the field was together much of the race, quietly plotting respective plans of attack. A $250 cash prime, swept up by Nicole Whitburn, was the beginning of the final planning stages. The eight-across field was boad-to-board with just three to go. Not surprisingly, it was the Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandits squad at the front next time around, with a Team TIBCO/To the Top lead out in progress immediately behind. One to go, the TIBCO train was in full motion, and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) had been detached from her team.
But coming out of the final corner and working alone, it was the unstoppable Van Gilder giving her all for the win, just a day after the brutal road race challenge in Fond du Lac. Van Gilder stays in the pink Becker Law Overall Leaders jersey and was joined by good friend Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO) and current NCC leader Erica Allar (RideClean/PatentIt.com) on the second and third steps of the podium, respectively.
Jeannie Kuhajek (PSIMET Racing) takes over the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 jersey, with just 20 points separating first from fourth place, with three full days of racing remaining.
The Pro Men's field seemed to be most interested in conserving energy amid the sticky air for most of the race. Numerous cat and mouse antics and couple-lap breakaways surfaced from early on but it wasn't until Team Type 1's Alexey Shmidt started pounding just outside 10 laps to go that brought the crowd to the barricades.
Shmidt flying through the air like a paper airplane and Kenda 5-hour Energy pb Geargrinder on the chase, Isaac Howe (Kenda) grabbed a quick $500 cash prime. A handful to go, the field was again all locked together with Mountain Khakis holding the keys. Keeping the pace near 30 miles per hour, Mountain Khakis cranked it to stay on front while an attack from Kenda was imminent. Two to go, Mountain Khakis fell apart as Kenda staggered 1-2-3. But it was Team Type 1's Shmidt taking Kenda's John Murphy at the line followed by Fabrizio Von Nacher in third. Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation) who had been somewhat the watchful tease throughout the contest, rocketed to a fourth place finish, edging closer to a podium.
Murphy stays in the yellow Overall leader's entering Friday's NCC race in Fond du Lac, the Commonwealth Classic.
View previous race reports in the archive.