Thursday, June 20, 2013

An Entertaining Start To ToAD 2013

Early action in the pro men's race.
The Tour of America's Dairyland kicked off today in Shorewood. This evening's criterium was the first of 11 stages that will decide an overall champion. There are nine crits and two road races, and the first four days of the tour are part of the National Criterium Calendar.

Frank Pipp of Bissell Pro Cycling was the biggest star and the most diligent worker in a three-man breakaway that dominated much of the race.

Fan favorite Rahsaan Bahati rejoined the pack after a mid-race mechanical, but he didn't figure in the sprint.
But as so often happens in cycling, the breakaway was doomed to fail. As soon as the powerful UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team decided to drop the hammer, the breakaway was quickly eliminated.

These guys were flying!

In the end, UnitedHealthcare was just too strong. No other team could match its power or its organization as it swept the top three places, making Jake Keough the first wearer of the yellow jersey. Hilton Clarke took second place and Luke Keough was third. Earlier this month, Luke Keough won all three stages of Tulsa Tough. The "Blue Train" is simply on fire right now.

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