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Passeron tops Fond du Lac GP

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Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) wins the stage in Fond du Lac

Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) wins the stage in Fond du Lac
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Jennifer Purcell (MSU) won the stage in Fond du Lac

Jennifer Purcell (MSU) won the stage in Fond du Lac
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The Fond du Lac podium topped by Jennifer Purcell with Julie Jerue and Kristin Wentworth.

The Fond du Lac podium topped by Jennifer Purcell with Julie Jerue and Kristin Wentworth.
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Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) on top of the Fond du Lac podium

Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) on top of the Fond du Lac podium
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Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) interviewed after winning in Fond du Lac

Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) interviewed after winning in Fond du Lac
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The field sprint in Fond du Lac won by Carrie Cash-Wooton (VBF)

The field sprint in Fond du Lac won by Carrie Cash-Wooton (VBF)
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The bunch sprint in the men's pro race.

The bunch sprint in the men's pro race.
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Aurelion Passeron (Garneau)

Aurelion Passeron (Garneau)
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The men's pro race in Fond du Lac

The men's pro race in Fond du Lac
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James Stemper (Kenda p/b GEARGRINDER) still leads the series over teammate Chad Hartley (L) and Rudolph Napolitano (R)

James Stemper (Kenda p/b GEARGRINDER) still leads the series over teammate Chad Hartley (L) and Rudolph Napolitano (R)
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On the ninth day of racing at the Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the races moved to the Fond du Lac Bicycling Gran Prix, where Jen Purcell (Team Hotel San Jose-Gary Fisher), who raced the series for the first day today, blew the field apart after making a solo breakaway from the race just a few laps into the hour-long battle. Hours later, Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) launched it into warp speed overdrive for his victory.

Purcell stayed away solo for the first twenty of minutes of the race before being joined by three riders, as Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda), Julie Jerue (Nova ISCorp), and Kristina Seeley (Touchstone Climbing) bridged up together to join Purcell. Just as the group of four leaders were settling into a rhythm after opening a gap of nearly 40 seconds, Purcell again exploded out of the group, dropping her three new breakway companions, drawing looks of fear from the group of three left dangling between Purcell and the field.

The break would eventually come back together in the last laps but Purcell again asserted her dominance, sprinting away from the group along Main Street in downtown Fond du Lac, as Jerue would come in second, with Wentworth rounding out the talented and tired podium.

Sydney Brown (Treads.com/DFT) escaped the field roughly halfway through the race, and soloed to fifth place, fighting off a hard charging field nearly every lap while desperately fighting to bridge to the lead group.

Spectators in Fond du Lac were treated to two exciting finishes, as the race for the overall yellow cow print leaders jersey unfolded in the field after it became clear that the break was safely away. Sarah Caravella (Team CARD), who wore the yellow jersey coming into the day’s race, marked Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) early in the race. At seven to go, Cash-Wootten exploded off the front of the field, registering the fastest speed of the day at 35 mph, but the break was short lived, and she was eventually swallowed back by the field just a few laps later.

But Cash-Wootten was able to recover during the final five laps, eventually sprinting out of the field to take sixth place, bringing her closer to regaining the yellow leaders jersey. Caravella finished the day in ninth, enough to keep her in the yellow for another day, leading the series just eight points ahead of Cash-Wootten, setting up an all out battle for the yellow jersey on the storied Downer Avenue course on Saturday.

And then there were two

A dozen laps to go before a screaming, cowbell-wielding crowd, and a two-man breakaway of Aurelion Passeron (Garneau) and Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse), a familiar face on the 2009 Tour of America’s Dairyland podium, emerged, creating a 15-second gap. On the chase was the force of Kenda Pro Cycling-GEARGRINDER and a stream of Rubicon Orbea yellow. Fast-forward a couple laps, and Bergman, pounding it out, seemed to be losing a little steam while James Stemper (Kenda Pro Cycling-GEARGRINDER), a man of many expressions, started to get a little vocal and cause some major locomotion. But Passeron and Bergman clung together, lap after lap, refusing penetration from the field. The field’s organization started to crumble with seven to go as Kenda Pro Cycling-GEARGRINDER moved riders to the front, taking over for Rubicon Orbea.

Then came an enticing crowd prime of $200 with six laps remaining. Enough incentive for the field to jump off the front, Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande), a returning 2009 crowd favorite, planted a solid sprint to claim the green before slipping, out of gas, to the back of the field. Bergman, still a close shadow of Passeron’s, took a look back at five to go to see the field closing in. Passeron, cranking it all day with Stemper, seemed to be amid an effortless exercise, floating toward victory. Kenda Pro Cycling-GEARGRINDER was now out of the field and on the chase as the rest of the field sat back, with Passeron’s teammate parked at the front.

Two remaining and Rob Bush (Kenda Pro Cycling-GEARGRINDER) jumped out of the field late, head down, putting forth a huge effort but he just couldn’t hang on. It all came down to the two-man lightning show between Passeron, on the inside, and Bergman, with Passeron and Bergman hitting the line as 1 and 2, respectively, with less a wheel width of separation. Andrew Gonzales (FCS/Metro Volkwagen) hopped atop the third step on the podium. Passeron, in pure gentleman-like fashion, later presented his victory bouquet back to the podium girl.

Positioning for the leader’s jersey remained as it was announced 24 hours earlier with Stemper, who finished fifth for the day, in yellow, and teammate Chad Hartley, holding on to second place Overall. Rudy Napolitano (Team Helen’s) is not so ready to part with third. But with just two days remaining in the 2010 Tour of America’s Dairyland, this tug-of-war for the Overall jersey is about to burst into an inferno of a competition as racing continues Saturday at the ISCorp Downer Classic on Milwaukee’s Eastside before coming to a close at the Carl Zach Cycling Classic in Waukesha on Sunday.

Elite Men

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Aurelion Passeron (Garneau)
2Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P)
3Andrew Gonzales (FCS/Metro Volkswagen)
4Cole House (BMC Racing Team-USAC)
5Chad Hartley (UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER)
6Mike Sherer (Verizon U25 p/b ABD)
7Mike Northey (Rubicon Orbea)
8James Stemper (UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER)
9James Langedale (Garneau)
10James Williamson (Bike Religion)
11Colton Barrett (Minnesota Junior Cycling Inc.)
12Ben Damhoff (Team GearGrinder)
13Rudolph Napolitano (Team Helen's)
14Joe Lewis (BCV/Scion p/b Stevinson Auto)
15John Acker (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
16Joseph Kukolla (Nova IS Corp)
17Erik Loberg (Nova IS Corp)
18Jacob Mueller (Investors Community Bank)
19Bryan Mcvey (ReCycling Team)
20Roman Van Uden (Rubicon Orbea)
21Tim Norris (Missouri Elite Development Tea)
22Thomson Remo (Nova IS Corp)
23Russell Brown (National Capital Velo Club/Ino)
24Colby Elliot (Bike Religion)
25Brian Kaker (Lakes Area Physical Therapy)
26Andrew Bates (olympia orthopaedic assc.)
27Weston Luzadder (NUVO Cultural Trail)
28Kevin Berger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
29Chris Arndt (LAPT CC)
30Marc Howe (GearGrinder)
31Mike Tettleton (Bike Religion)
32Adam Mcclurg (Lakes Area Physical Therapy)
33Peter Bell (MetLife Cycling Team)
34James Bird (ISCorp Cycling Team)
35Hogan Sills (Verizon U25 p/b ABD)
36David Haase (Attitude Sports)
37Jonathan Sundt (UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER)
38Brian Rach (ISCorp Cycling Team)
39Ben Chaddock (Rubicon Orbea)
40Matt Waite (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
41Robert Bush (UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER)
42Jonathan Cook (Nova IS Corp)
43Brad Schaeffer (NUVO / Cultural Trail)
44Mitch Gantz (Nova IS corp)
45Brian Koeneman (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
46Morgan Wiswall (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
47Andrew Gardner (MetLife)
48Scott Rosenfield (ISCorp Cycling Team)
49Evan Fader (Investors Community Bank)
50Aaron Heun (Bike Religion)
51Theodore Grober (Team Helen's)
52Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande)
53Brian Cornelius (Trisports/Eclipse Racing)
54Steven Flurry (CZ Velo)
55Ian Burnett (UCI CT: Bahati Foundation Pro )
56Taylor Gunman (Rubicon Orbea)
57Chazz Martin (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation I)
58Maxwell Anderson (Colavita Racing Inc.)
59Kyle Jacobson (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation I)
60Robert White (UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER)
61Jason Allen (Rubicon Orbea)
62Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P)
63Austin Turner (CICC/Colorbiotics)

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jennifer Purcell (Team Hotel San Jose p/b Gary Fisher)
2Julie Jerue (Nova IS Corp)
3Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda)
4Kristina Seley (Touchstone Climbing)
5Sydney Brown (Treads.com/DFT)
6Carrie Cash-Wootten (Team Vera Bradley)
7Jessie Maclean (Verducci)
8Frances Schofield (Z-Motion)
9Sarah Caravella (Team CARD)
10Elizabeth Morse Hill (ZMotion)
11Bianca Bergman (Texas Roadhouse p/b Motorex)
12Gina Voci (Spokeswoman Syndicate)
13Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack Racing Association)
14Kim Ciolli (FCS/Metro Volkswagen)
15Anne Meyer (Mercy-Specialized)
16Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Fort Lewis College)
17Jennifer (Jenner) Yaeso (Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrins)
18Linsey Bradshaw-Sandoval (Treads.com/DFT)
19Cathryn Merla-Watson (FCS/Metro Volkswagen)
20Christine Riker (Dolce Vita Cycling)
21Kendi Thomas (Team Kenda Tire)
22Kate Mahoney (Performance Bicycle Racing)
23Aimee Allen (Maple Leafe CC)
24Patricia Black (Morgan Stanley Smith Barney/Sp)
25Julie Kuliecza (Fruit 66/ Artemis)
26Lenore Pipes (Fruit66/Artemis)
27Kate Ross (Team CARD)
28Lindsey Durst (Team Kenda)
29Camie Kornely (CRCA/Comedy Central-Sids Bikes)

 

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