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BMC’s Taylor Tolleson and Cheerwine’s Anne Samplonius win at Michigan’s Tour de Leelanau

Starting under darkening skies with scattered rain showers, the 4th annual Priority Health Tour de Leelanau was fortunate to end in bright sunshine after some very aggressive racing. Organizers said the Tour de Leelanau drew the deepest fields of racers to ever compete in Michigan. Starting in the fishing village of Leland and ending in Peshawbestown on the edge of Traverse Bay, the race course for the Tour de Leelanau traveled from corner to corner of this scenic Michigan county.

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Tour de Leelanau: BMC's Tolleson celebrates

Tour de Leelanau: BMC’s Tolleson celebrates

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Starting under darkening skies with scattered rain showers, the 4th annual Priority Health Tour de Leelanau was fortunate to end in bright sunshine after some very aggressive racing. Organizers said the Tour de Leelanau drew the deepest fields of racers to ever compete in Michigan.

Starting in the fishing village of Leland and ending in Peshawbestown on the edge of Traverse Bay, the race course for the Tour de Leelanau traveled from corner to corner of this scenic Michigan county.

Going into the men’s race the odds were on the winner coming from one of the several UCI registered professional teams competing. Taking part in a homecoming of sorts, BMC Pro Cycling brought a talented roster to support Brent Bookwalter, who is a Michigan native. Meanwhile the Bissell team was determined to put on great showing in front of their Grand Rapids, Michigan-based sponsor as well as defend its title from 2007. Rounding out the roster of favorites from the pro ranks were the Successful Living and Rite-Aid teams. Other professional teams competing were Team R.A.C.E. Pro Cycling and Jet Fuel Coffee, both from Canada.

Tour de Leelanau: The men's group rolls out of town

Tour de Leelanau: The men’s group rolls out of town

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Surprisingly, the men’s race stayed more or less together over several demanding climbs in the first 25 miles. However, a cold rain shower hit the field just as it was cresting the first KOM sprint. On the extremely fast, rain slickened descent, a gap opened, allowing 12 racers to roll off the front of the field. With BMC, Bissell, and Successful Living all represented, a promising break was formed.

As the breakaway put distance on the chasers, BMC unleashed Bookwalter on the KOM sprints, allowing him to win every KOM on his way to winning the KOM competition.

Tour de Leelanau: A BMC and Bissell break

Tour de Leelanau: A BMC and Bissell break

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Over the lumpy final 10 miles to the finish Taylor Tolleson of BMC, Ben Jacques-Maynes and

Tour de Leelanau: Tolleson leads the breakaway

Tour de Leelanau: Tolleson leads the breakaway

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Teddy King of Bissell and Charles Dionne of Successful Living all escaped the field and maintained a gap of 10 seconds going into the finish. On the short final climb to the finish, Tolleson got the jump on Jacques-Maynes and King to nip the Bissell duo on the line.

Women’s race
With the women’s World Cup in Montreal looming only a week away, the Priority Health Tour de Leelanau drew in competitors ready to test their legs.

Starting from the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor and racing over the final 112.6km of the men’s course, the women’s race would prove to be a tactical battle.

Tour de Leelanau: Tina Pic, Joanne Kiesanowski and Anne Samplonius

Tour de Leelanau: Tina Pic, Joanne Kiesanowski and Anne Samplonius

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Going through the second town line sprint in Maple City, Anne Samplonius of Cheerwine found herself alone off the front with a significant gap. “Sometimes in cycling you just go with the move,” said Samplonius. “I took a turn fast and found I had a gap.”

Tour de Leelanau: Samplonius on one of the course's many hills.

Tour de Leelanau: Samplonius on one of the course’s many hills.

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While Samplonius settled into time trial mode at the front, the teams behind played a bit of cat and mouse. When the pace would pick up, Samplonius’ teammates would successfully cover any counterattacks.

“We actively worked together to chase,” Iona Wynter-Parks of Colavita/Sutter Home said. “We would see her dangling off the front, but we never brought her back. Cheerwine played the race out perfectly.”

With 30km to race, Samplonius had a lead of 2 1/2 minutes. Behind Joanne Kiesanowski of Team TIBCO pulled clear of the field, unfortunately with only Leigh Hobson of Cheerwine on her wheel. Having a teammate up the road meant that Hobson had no obligation to help chase. As Kiesanowski buried herself to create a gap over the chasing field, Hobson enjoyed her armchair ride. At the finish Samplonius crossed solo, 2:14 in the lead. In addition to winning the race, Samplonius won every Queen of the Mountain sprint and all but one of the town line Sprints to wrap up both competitions.

As expected, Hobson sprinted around Kiesanowski to take second. Cheerwine completed its tour de force when Laura Van Gilder take fourth.

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Results

Men’s results:

1. Taylor Tolleson BMC Pro Cycling in 04:15:09 at s.t.
2. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) at s.t.
3. Teddy King (Bissell) in 04:15:10 at 00:00:01
4. Charles Dionne in 04:15:11 at 00:00:02
5. Darren Lill BMC Pro Cycling in 04:15:19 at 00:00:10
6. Brian Jensen in 04:15:55 at 00:00:46
7. Brent Bookwalter BMC Pro Cycling in 04:16:01 at 00:00:52
8. Alessandro Bazzana in 04:16:02 at 00:00:53
9. Michael Sayers BMC Pro Cycling at s.t.
10. Mark Walters at s.t.
11. Clayton Barrows in 04:16:08 at 00:00:59
12. Aaron Olson in 04:16:21 at 00:01:12
13. Jackson Stewart BMC Pro Cycling in 04:21:41 at 00:06:32
14. Jeremy Vennell in 04:21:42 at 00:06:33
15. (buck) Miller Kevin at s.t.
16. Richard Geng at s.t.
17. Michael Grabinger at s.t.
18. Ryan Roth in 04:21:43 at 00:06:34
19. Ian Mckissick BMC Pro Cycling in 04:21:46 at 00:06:37
20. Steve Scholzen at s.t.
21. Bradley White in 04:21:48 at 00:06:39
22. Garrett Peltonen in 04:21:49 at 00:06:40
23. Graham Howard in 04:22:01 at 00:06:52
24. Curtis Gunn in 04:22:11 at 00:07:02
25. Tony Cruz BMC Pro Cycling in 04:22:12 at 00:07:03
26. Derrick St-john in 04:22:13 at 00:07:04
27. John Doyle at s.t.
28. Jared Gilyard in 04:22:14 at 00:07:05
29. Matt Busche at s.t.
30. Peter Morse in 04:22:15 at 00:07:06
31. Christian Valenzuela at s.t.
32. Jake Rytlewski at s.t.
33. Jonathan Garcia BMC Pro Cycling in 04:22:16 at 00:07:07
34. Kip Spaude at s.t.
35. Jonathan Prosser in 04:22:17 at 00:07:08
36. Matt Winstead at s.t.
37. Mark Santurbane Saturn in 04:22:21 at 00:07:12
38. Dustin Macburnie in 04:22:22 at 00:07:13
39. Derek Graham at s.t.
40. Mark Batty in 04:22:24 at 00:07:15
41. Eric Robertson in 04:22:25 at 00:07:16
42. Richard England at s.t.
43. Derek Prechtl in 04:22:31 at 00:07:22
44. Zach Mcbride in 04:22:32 at 00:07:23
45. Joe Cooper in 04:22:34 at 00:07:25
46. Jordan Roessingh in 04:22:35 at 00:07:26
47. Cody O’reilly in 04:27:54 at 00:12:45
48. Jeff Koch at s.t.
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Women’s results:
1. Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine) in 02:58:05
2. Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine) in 03:00:19 at 00:02:14
3. Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco) in 03:00:21 at 00:02:16
4. Laura Van Gilder in 03:01:05 at 00:03:00
5. Tina Pic Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home in 03:02:16 at 00:04:11
6. Iona Wynter-parks Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home in 03:03:52 at 00:05:47
7. Rachel Heal in 03:03:59 at 00:05:54
8. Brooke Miller in 03:04:54 at 00:06:49
9. Tiffany Cromwell Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home in 03:04:56 at 00:06:51
10. Natasha Elliot in 03:04:57 at 00:06:52
11. Sarah Maguire in 03:04:58 at 00:06:53
12. Stacy Marple in 03:05:03 at 00:06:58
13. Julie Bellerose in 03:05:07 at 00:07:02
14. Helen Kelly in 03:05:14 at 00:07:09
15. Veronique Labonte in 03:05:16 at 00:07:11
16. Kacey Manderfield Verizon Wireless – Wheelworks in 03:06:38 at 00:08:33
17. Aimee Lahann Prime Alliance in 03:07:34 at 00:09:29
18. Mackenzie Woodring Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home in 03:14:58 at 00:16:53
19. Jamie Dinkins in 03:15:00 at 00:16:55
20. Anne Guzman at …
21. Jessie Maclean Verizon Wireless – Wheelworks in 03:15:02 at 00:16:57
22. Leslie Gaines in 03:15:03 at 00:16:58
23. Kele Murdin Verizon Wireless – Wheelworks at …
24. Christy Keely Prime Alliance in 03:15:04 at 00:16:59
25. Susan Vigland at …
26. Lori Jug in 03:15:17 at 00:17:12
27. Johanna Schmidt in 03:15:22 at 00:17:17
28. Alicia Trevino in 03:21:25 at 00:23:20
29. Joanie Caron in 03:21:34 at 00:23:29
30. Karey Collins in 03:21:43 at 00:23:38
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