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2013 Tour of America's Dairyland Day 9 Race Report
June 28th: Fond du Lac Commonwealth Classic
presented by The Commonwealth Companies
Day 9 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board saw the return to Fond du Lac for the Commonwealth Classic, a flat 4-corner circuit, just over a half mile in length, with wide, sweeping turns and a fast, 900-foot finishing stretch.
Pro Women lucked out, getting in their 60 minutes before the raindrops fell. Kelli Richter (PSIMET), Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Holly Matthews (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) and Van Gilder's teammate Scotti Wilborne each had their turn soloing off the front into the headwind. Wilborne enjoyed her time just under ten laps to go until a $200 cash prime was launched, which took Diana Penuela (Specialized Columbia) to the bank and reunited the field.
The field all together with four remaining, ExergyTWENTY16 was leading the charge. Then it was Debbie Milne (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health pb Felt Bicycles) making a move, tucked behind Exergy's Ali Tetrick. Mellow Mushroom took the reigns on the final lap, with Wilborne and Van Gilder sitting first and third, respectively, with Mia Loquai (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) nestled in between.
In the home sprint, Skylar Schneider (Team TIBCO led out sister Sam to give Sam the victory and a slip into the pink Becker Law Overall Leader's Jersey by just two points over Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), who took fourth for the day. Amy Cutler (Team EPS/CSS-Shebell &Shebell) took the second step on the podium, while Skylar Schneider stood third. Amy Phillips (Scenic City Velo-Hub Endurance) keeps the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Leader's Jersey.
In the Men's Pro Race, rain started to fall from the gun, making for less than ideal brake-squeaking conditions. Ninety-six riders at the Start Line, just 46 finished, most opting instead early on to watch the race safely from the barricades.
Roughly 30 minutes, a legit break of Alexander "ARay" Ray (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), Colton Barrett (Texas Roadhouse) and yellow jersey Ricardo Escuela (Predator-Carbon Repair) formed. ISCorp's Aray drove the pace early on but ARay and Barrett (Texas Roadhouse) shared the brunt of the heavy lifting throughout the race. As the gap continued to build to nearly 45 seconds, the break was just 15 seconds out from lapping the field at one point.
Barrett's attack with 25 to go was short-lived. Even with Escuela's (Predator) fall into turn two at 18 to go, ARay and Barrett couldn't manage to shake Escuela during the race, as he jumped right back in to rest third wheel.
A break of six started to splinter from the field with 13 to go, and Ricardo Van der Velde (Jelly Belly) continued to lead that charge after picking up a prime but with a 31-second gap at six to go, Barrett (Texas Roadhouse) attacked again, overpowering ARay (ISCorp) and Escuela (Predator). ARay (ISCorp) and Escuela (Predator) duking it out with the field screaming behind, it was Escuela in second; ARay third. Escuela stays in the yellow Overall Leaders Jersey for another day, 27 points ahead of ARay.
Rahsaan Bahati (Sharecare-Wheel & Sprocket) claimed the field sprint while Bahati Racing's Steven Salazar took over the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur jersey from Dallas Fowler (LAPT), with just two points separation.
Tour of America's Dairyland continues Saturday for the penultimate day of racing at the ISCorp Downer Classic presented by Intelligentsia Coffee. If the rain clouds get distracted, tens of thousands of spectators are expected for this fast course, maxed field, heavy prime day. Last year, over $6,000 was given away to one Pro rider during the Ben's Cycle Ultra Prime lap. Outside of the Pro races, several omnium competitions are still up for grabs as category Overall Leaders jerseys have yet to be decided. The Intelligentsia-WCJ Pilgrim Wire Juniors Cup, part of the USA Cycling Road Devo Series, also continues at the ISCorp Downer Classic.
View previous race reports in the archive.