By: Sylvi Teich (blog: VeloRambling) Published June 24, 2018
On a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon in Waukesha 61 riders set off to try to win the fourth stage of the Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip. It was around 75 degrees fahrenheit (24 degrees celsius) with just a slight headwind going into the homestretch and not a cloud in sight. The course for stage four was a four-corner crit course with turns that were narrow and technical. The finishing straight for the race was a gradual uphill. The riders kept up a blistering pace even in the warm Wisconsin sun.
Like the previous stages, a good part of this race was a ‘cat and mouse’ affair. Compton started, leading the peloton before breaking off the front about 28 minutes into the race. The main group caught up to her and more small flurries of attacks followed. In between attacks, there were quite a few primes up for grabs. With twelve laps to go in the race a group of five riders broke off the front and it seemed like they were going to stay away. Against the odds though, the group was brought back. At around eight laps to go Lisa Howard went solo off the front and was also soon reigned in. Then, it was a late-race breakaway of five that stuck, jumping away with four laps to go. The group included Rachel Plessing (the winner and Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Omnium points leader), Katie Compton, Yuya Hashimoto, Lisa Howard, and Nicola Macdonald.
The final was an exciting sprint up Main Street’s gradual incline, between the five riders in the breakaway. Rachel Plessing won by about a wheel length over Yuya Hashimoto (Japan Cycling Federation) who took second, and Nicola Macdonald (Fearless Femme) who placed third. Sharlotte Lucas (Roxsolt Attaquer) kept the leader’s omnium points jersey.
The riders are back at it again tomorrow at the Downtown West Bend Concourse.
It was a fast pace from the start with a 300 dollar prime on the first lap. Lachlan Holliday (Piedmont College) collected the prime when he sprinted off the front. Colin Strickland (Meteor X Giordana Racing) took the stage victory in a similar way. After catching onto the breakaway towards the end of the race, he found himself riding solo off the front with four laps to go in the race. He stayed off the front and was able to take the win ahead of Cameron Ivory (GPM-Stulz Australia) in second and James Hilyer (Los Angeles Bicycles Club) in third.
With not a cloud in the sky, 133 riders (a slightly smaller bunch than stage 3) started stage four of the 2018 Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip. The temperature was in the mid to high 60s throughout the race. The course was a wedge-shaped, four corner crit course with turn number one being one of the most technical. Coming onto the finishing straight, at some points there was slight cross or head wind up the gradual incline.
Throughout the Men’s Pro/1/2 race, there was lots of action. Many small groups of riders tried to go off the front of the peloton causing the main bunch to string out. The final breakaway that really stuck was the group of Michael Sheehan (Meteor X Giordana Racing), William Myers (Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One), and Sean McElroy (Los Angeles Bicycle Club). The gap seemed impossible to close and it already seemed decided that the break would stay away. However, Sam Fritz (Above and Beyond Cancer p/b Scheels) decided to go on the chase solo with 20 laps to go. Once he caught on, more riders like Colin Strickland joined the group. Fritz and Strickland counter attacked with 15 laps to go and soon it was just them in front of the peloton. Colin Strickland was riding solo by the time it was down to four laps to go. He took the stage win – and a couple of primes too.
Luke Mudgway (H&R Block Pro Racing) stays in the overall omnium points leader’s jersey. The men’s racers are back at it again on Monday with the Downtown West Bend Concourse.