New York — Caleb Fairly of the Holowesko Partners-Felt Under-23 team scored a big win at the UCI-ranked Tour of the Battenkill race in New York on Sunday. The 23-year-old joined a small break and then powered his Felt F1 team bike to an impressive solo win, dropping former 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis on the final climb to win the tough 124-mile race that includes plenty of rugged dirt roads in upstate New York.
Fairly, a native of Texas, was one of only 59 riders (from 162 starters) to finish the race, which challenged riders with a cold rain.
Fairly told Cyclingnews.com that the long distance and rugged terrain featured at the Tour of the Battenkill are right up his alley.
“If you look at all the results I’ve had, it’s always in races like this a race of attrition, really long, with short, punchy climbs,” he said. “Last year I got second in the queen stage of the Olympia’s Tour [in The Netherlands], which is kind of like a mini Amstel Gold, so this is definitely my style of racing.”
Tour of the Battenkill
Cambridge, New York. April 18
1. Caleb Fairly (USA), Holowesko Partners-Felt, 4:47:07
2. Floyd Landis (USA), Bahati Foundation, at 2:24
3. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA), Fly V Australia, at 2:43
4. Luca Damiani (Ita), Kenda-Synergy, same time
5. Ken Hanson (USA), Team Type 1, at 3:44