Stage 2-Trek Waterloo Classic.
Storm clouds once again threatened throughout the day but in the end it was the racers who dominated.
Jessie Maclean nabbed the top spot on the Pro Women's Podium, edging out Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda) and Toni Bradshaw (Team Lip Smacker), whose teammate Amanda Miller stood highest on the podium at Blue Mounds. Maclean and Devon Haskell (BH USA) are tied for the Overall Leader title after Stage 2 ahead of Miller and Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda) by the narrowest of margins.
The Men's Pro Race came down to the final lap with Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1) and Chad Hartley (Team GEARGRINDER) ultimately claiming first, second and third, respectively. The coveted yellow and white leader's jersey flipped, albeit by a slim margin, from Matthew Busche (Noa ISCorp), who led the Pro Men at Thursday Blue Mounds Race of the Future, to Steve Tilford (Trek).
Impressive start fields for the Cat 3, Cat 4-5, Masters 1-2-3 and Masters 4-5 as well, whose respective podium toppers were Julio Padilla (Sideporte), Ben-Jamin Widoff (Team Power Bar), James Moore (River Valley Cycling Club) and Jay Robertson (FCS/McDonalds).
The Tour continues Saturday with the Giro d Grafton, a twilight criterium, in Grafton, Wis, and the Maritime Bay Classic in Manitowoc, WIs, on Sunday.
Team GEARGRINDER's Chad Hartley Takes Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 3 Top Spot
The Tour of America's Dairyland
stormed into Grafton, Wis, Saturday under sunny skies for the Giro d
Grafton Twilight Criterium.
From a starting field of 95, Chad Hartley (Team GEARGRINDER) celebrated
his 28th birthday with a trip atop the podium, edging out Adam Bergman
(Texas Roadhouse) and Ben King (Trek-LIVESTRONG U23). Hartley's top
spot lands him 5th overall in the Omnium with Frank Pipp (Bissell),
Steve Tilford (Trade Wind Energy/Trek Stores), owner of the Best Young
Rider jersey from Nature Valley Matthew Busche (IS Corp) and Cheyne
Hoag (Kelly Benefit Strategies) snagging first through fourth,
respectively. Trek-LIVESTRONG's King also took home the Giro d
Grafton $1,000 cash prime.
It was Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci/Breakaway Racing) who took the top
spot in the Women's Pro Race with Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda) and
Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1) landing spots two and three. Overall,
Devon Haskell (BH USA) keeps her yellow and white cow print leader's
jersey with Jessie Maclean and Wentworth in her shadow, tied for second.
Chris Arndt (Team Wheel & Sprocket) took home top honors in Cat,
and it was a trifecta for Nova Cycle Sports Foundation with Chazz
Martin, Chris Halverson and Aaron Goldberg standing tall for Cat 4-5,
Masters 1-2-3 and Masters 4-5, respectively.
The inaugural Tour of America's Dairyland continues Sunday at the
Maritime Bay Classic in Manitowoc, before taking a rest day on Monday
and resuming with a one-two road race-crit punch in Fond du Lac, Wis.,
on June 23 and 24.
Stage 1 completed: Blue Mounds Race of the Future (Blue Mounds, WI)
Stage 2 completed: Trek Waterloo Classic (Waterloo, WI)
Stage 3 completed: Giro d' Grafton (Grafton, WI)
Stage 4: June 21, Noon-7:30p: Maritime Bay Classic (Manitowoc, WI)
June 22: Rest Day
Stage 5: June 23, 9:00a-4:30p: Attitude Sports Fond du Lac Road Race (Fond du Lac, WI)
Stage 6: June 24, noon-7:30p: Fond du Lac Bicycling Grand Prix (Fond du Lac, WI)
Stage 7: June 25, noon-7:30p: Harbor Centre Family Day & Bike Race (Sheboygan, WI)
Stage 8: June 26, 9:00a-4:30p: Greenbush Road Race (Greenbush, WI)
Stage 9: June 27, 1:00p-8:30p: The Downer Classic (Milwaukee, WI)
Stage 10: June 28, 11:00a-7:30p: Carl Zach Cycling Classic (Waukesha, WI)