- Race ReportWednesday Worlds 4\28
by Dan DittrichApril 28, 2010
Levi Leipheimer scored an early season victory in Sheboygans Wednesday Worlds “social” group ride. In fact he lead from start to finish and was never actually seen by the peloton or any of the breaks. As the group rolled out of town with the race status as “neutral” for the high level of traffic, it seems he received orders over the radio from Mellow Johnny’s leader Lance Armstrong to attack thru the streets of DANOville even tho the peloton was rolling as neutral. When the peloton reached the edge of town the neutral status was lifted and the race was on. With Leipheimer already at a 14 minute advantage it was a race for second. Brian Kryanik(geargrinder) set the early pace as he was riding a full blown TT bike. Followed closely by Steve Manthey(geargrider) and Jim Hollister(geargrinder).
The peloton stretched early and the break was setting a blistering pace. High winds hampered the chase as the time gap grew to over two minutes. Chase group #1 included Dave Nagode(geargrinder) and Steve Diers(geargrinder). Following close were New guy on a Litespeed(geargrinder), Mark Duff(geargrinder) and Kevin Gassner(greargrinder).
Dropped around the 52 minute mark was Gene Hoffteazer(geargrinder) and Dan Dittrich(Sheboygan Bicycle Company). Those two would never find the peloton again and finished together, hitting the lot about the time the peloton was eating pizza and drinking beer at the local pizza joint.
It was a field sprint for second and due to excellent planning by the teams managers the chase caught the break with 3km to go. But really the finish order would be decided on Mt Dairy Queen, the full blown 15 degree climb that’s almost a block long. 5 riders reached the top intact and it was game on with 1km to go to the parking lot.
Brian Kryanik(geargrinder) opted out of the sprint due to the fact he was riding a full blown TT bike and had no handlebars. Ultimately it was Dave Nagode(geargrinder) to the first, followed by Diers(geargrinder) and New guy on a Litespeed(geargrinder)
Leipheimer, racing for the ad hoc Mellow Johnny’s team, did cross the line in first, well ahead of the field. The field sprint crossed the line in one hour 44 minutes. Leipheimers winning time of 56 minutes proved to be too much for the locals. After the social ride, we asked Armstrong about his tactics to send Liephimer out during the neutral roll, “Are you kidding me?" said Armstrong," There was a guy riding a full blown TT bike! And besides, were getting our ass’s kicked in Europe”.
Next weeks Wednesday Worlds may feature a new route as last place finisher Dan Dittrich(Sheboygan Bicycle Company) said he wont do it if we gatta climb Mt Dairy Queen every week. Although rumor has it that SBC has since acquired the services of Tom Boonen. “I met him at a party last month” Dittrich said’” it appears he races for beer and other assorted party favors.” Dittrich said he had a firm commitment from Boonen if he set up a quarter barrel of Gunniss after the social ride. However no contract has been signed as of press time.