After 10 days of racing in nine Wisconsin cities across 11 days, Chad Hartley (Team GEARGRINDER) and Jessie Maclean (Verducci Breakaway Racing) won the overall the inaugural Tour of America’s Dairyland pro cycling series p/b Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and took home the yellow and white cowprint Overall Jersey.
When we last checked out the happenings, Devon Haskell (BH USA) and Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande) were leading the points omnium after five stages and with five stages to go.
Stage 6 on June 24 was another hot and sticky day in Wisconsin for the Fond du Lac Cycling Grand Prix raced on a flat, 4-corner course. Twenty minutes into the 60-minute women’s crit, Maclean soloed away and lapped the hot and tired 18-rider field to take the win. With less than five laps to go, Madeleine Puissant (BH USA) attacked the field and flew away for second place with Davina Summers (Verducci Breakaway) taking the bunch sprint for third. With the win, the leader’s jersey came back on Maclean’s shoulders where it would stay until the end.
After twenty minutes of attacking, Frank Travieso (Champion Porsche P/b Herbalife) and Daniel Campbell (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles) escaped the field and stayed away until the end taking first and second spot on the podium. Not long after, a large chase group went after them which included Seth Hanley (VC La Pomme) who would take third, Matt Busche (IS Corp) and Hartley. Winner of the first stage Busche regained the leader’s jersey.
The next day brought another 4-corner crit, the Sheboygan Harbor Centre Family Day & Bike Race on June 25. Unfortunately, it was another small field in the women’s race. Early on in the 60-minute crit, an 8-rider break was formed which did not include any of the overall leaders and the rest of field couldn’t – or wouldn’t – bring them back. With about 10 laps to go the break lapped back into the field. Summers won the sprint ahead of Jacqueline Kurth (Team Kenda) and Rebecca Domange (CBD/Degani/Chatermason).
Many attacks were tried in the 90-minute men’s crit but nothing stuck and it all came down to a bunch sprint. By a wheel, it was Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse) crossing the line first followed by Hartley and Garey. Hartley took over the lead and defended it until the end.
Stage 8 on June 26 was the third and final road race, the Greenbush Road Race. Attacks from the usual suspects were the word of the day in the women’s 60-mile race but nothing worked and it came down to a bunch sprint, this time won by Haskell ahead of Amanda Miller (Lip Smacker) and Maclean. With the win, Haskell was now trailing Maclean by only one point in the omnium.
The men also raced 60 miles on the same 9.8-mile circuit and the attack, counter-attack story was repeated over and over again until finally a 4-rider break managed to escape late in the race and made it to the finish. Yosvany Falcon (Champion Porsche p/b Herbalife) took the break sprint beating Ryan DeWald (Battley Harley-Davidson) and Sheldon Deeny (BISSELL) for the win. Hartley finished in seventh place and kept the lead with only 2 points on Garey.
Stage 9 on Saturday brought the Downer Classic, raced on the same course at the Superweek crit, the 0.9-mile triangular course with a sharp 2nd turn and a long sweeping turn three. Tactics always come into play with big money primes on the line, especially when they are worth more than the winner’s check. A quarter into the 60-minute women’s race, a prime of $100 was called and Kristin Wentworth (Kenda) went for it, got it and kept on going. She was soon joined by Toni Bradshaw (Lip Smacker) and Summers and the trio was off, working well together until the final laps. Wentworth took the win which went to photo finish, beating Summers by 3/1000th of a second. Bradshaw took third. Maclean won the field sprint for fourth and kept the leader’s jersey. Confusion on the backside for one of the $500 prime, caused the money to be divided equally amongst the trio in the break.
With serious money on the line for the Ben’s Cycle Ultra Prime, every rider in the men’s 90-minute crit wanted to get into the break which of course meant that nothing was sticking. After some thirty minutes of racing, four riders jumped for a $100 prime and they were off with Hartley bridging up to them, making it five up the road. The group worked well together until the bell rung for the Ultra Prime with 11 laps to go. Hartley timed it perfectly and won the $5,600 prize. The five riders came back together to work until the finish where once again Hartley took the prize, this time $400 for winning the stage. Garey and Bergman were second and third respectively.
The final stage brought the riders to Waukesha for the Carl Zach Cycling Classic, a fairly flat fast 6-corner 0.85-mile crit course with some sharp turns. Everyone gave it a go in the women’s 60-minute race, Summers went away for a few laps and was caught, then it was Miller’s turn, and then Wentworth and Cliff-Ryan but they were all brought back until the final laps. With 7 laps to go, Maclean and Summers attacked the field and make it to the line, with Summers taking the stage. Making a Verducci sweep, Cliff-Ryan won the bunch sprint to take third.
With the GC contenders watching each other, two Team GEARGRINDER riders attacked on the first lap of the 90-minute men’s race and with two other riders, the decisive break was made. The field chased but were not able to catch the four men up the road, and that was all she said. Team GEARGRINDER’s James Stemper took the win with his teammate Rob White taking second. Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse) finished third. Meanwhile back in the field, Hartley, who had surgery back in December to correct his iIliac endofibrosis, once again timed his sprint perfectly to win the $1,000 ultimate prime.
Australian Maclean won two stages and claimed the overall omnium ahead of Haskell and her teammate Cliff-Ryan. Hartley also won two stages and won the overall omnium, finishing 9 points ahead of Garey, with Bergman in third spot overall.
Complete results here