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Tour of America’s Dairyland 2017 St.4
Carl Zach Cycling Classic

- Written by: Paul Warlowski @pwarlowski-

Women Pro 1/2
Skylar Schneider (ISCorp p/b Progress) won a close two-up spring over Aussie track cyclist Rebecca Wiasek (Fearless Femmes) in Women Pro1/2 in stage 4 at the Tour of America’s Dairyland Carl Zach Cycling Classic in Waukesha, WI.

Schneider, from West Allis, WI, attacked the field with six laps to go and quickly established a 15-second lead. But riders from Fearless Femmes, Papa John’s Racing, and Hagens Berman Supermint kept a tight leash on Schneider, who was a silver medalist at the junior World Road Championships in 2016.

With one to go, Wiasek, who won the Grafton stage on Saturday, launched her own counter-attack and quickly got a gap over the field as she chased Schneider past Cutler Park in Waukesha. And when Tour of Flanders winner Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) tore out of the field, all the alarm bells rang. The ISCorp p/b Progress team launched its own riders with Australian Josie Talbot at the front. Wiasek caught Schneider on the back stretch and the two came around the final corner together. Schneider stayed at the front and managed a wheel length victory over Wiasek. Talbot edged in front of the chasing group to finish third.

The race had been kept fast by ISCorp p/b Progress and Papa John’s with no breaks allowed off the front for more than a lap. A big crash on the back side of the course splintered the field and prevented mid-race attacks.

Talbot now takes over the series overall lead from fellow Aussie Lizzie Williams (Hagens Berman), a former World Tour rider. Cynthia Frazier (VeloClassic p/b Stan’s NoTubes) maintained her lead in the Category 2 series competition.

ISCorp p/b Progress leads the team competition.

Men Pro 1/2
Jaeden Jaeger (Intelligentsia Allied) won the Pro 1/2 Men's race in stage 4 of the Tour of America’s Dairyland out of six-man break.

Jaeger, who lives in the Milwaukee area, escaped with five other riders early in the race. The six worked smoothly and quickly built a 40-second lead. With 15 laps to go, the break hung out at the back of the field, not wanting to lap the field and fight in the field sprint.

With just over a lap to go, Jaeger and Jordan Marhanka (Texas Roadhouse) attacked the break, got a gap, and finished with a two-up sprint. Jaeger, 35, only started racing four years ago. He has won the ToAD Cat 3 Omnium, the Cat 2 Omnium, and this year won the 35+ Masters National Crit Championship on a long solo break.

The six riders attacked the field early in the race. William Myers (Herbalife p/b Marco Pro) attacked and was soon joined by Marhanka, Wolfgang Brandl (Team Movistar Ecuador), Colin Strickland (Intelligentsia-Allied), Ole Quast (Stradalli Cycle-Safetti), and Jaeger. Several riders tried counter-attacks to bridge to the break, but it seemed the field was mostly content to let the break go up the road.

Once the initial break was near the back of the field, a second break went up the road. Bryan Larsen (Storck-CNN) attacked and was followed by Philip Short (Nine Lives Carbon Repair) and Jarret Oldham (First Internet Cycling Team). Several other riders attempted to bridge or start a third break, but nothing stuck.

Myers was fourth, followed by Strickland, and Quast out of the break. Oldham took 7th with Short and Larsen finishing 8th and 9th.

Jose Frank Rodriguez (Stradalli Cycle-Safetti) took over the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 jersey, while Strickland, on the strength of his break success, took the lead of the overall of the series. Stradalli Cycle-Safetti holds on to the SmartChoiceMRI Team Omnium.

The racing moves to West Bend on Monday for stage 5 of the Tour of America’s Dairyland.
Tim Strelecki shows off his Masters 40+ Cat. 1/2/3 race leader's jersey - proudly sponsored by PEZ!

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