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Tour of the Battenkill 2012

Date range:
April 14-15, 2012

April 15, Elite men: Cambridge 200km

Mancebo wins Tour of the Battenkill

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
April 15, 2012, 22:12 BST,
Updated:
April 18, 2012, 19:13 BST

Anthony, Vennell round out podium behind Spaniard

Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) took a narrow solo victory at the Tour of the Battenkill, a demanding 200km parcours on both asphalt and dirt roads in rural upstate New York.

The 36-year-old Spaniard attacked his two breakaway companions approximately 600 meters from the finish line on the streets of Cambridge, New York. Jesse Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) outsprinted Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling) for second place, two seconds behind the Spaniard.

"I attacked because my legs were dead and no good for a sprint," said Mancebo. "I was with fast riders, more so than me, so I needed to attack."

Vennell had been on Mancebo's wheel in the endgame of the UCI 1.2-rated event, the first UCI-sanctioned race on US soil this season, but a moment's hesitation and a look back at Anthony after Mancebo jumped just prior to the final right hand turn was all the gap the canny Spaniard needed.

"I was looking for Jeremy to hold the wheel and he was looking at me to close the gap, so we played a little too much looking at each other," said Anthony. "I didn't want to lead-out the sprint..."

"And neither did I," Vennell interjected with a laugh. "You've got to play the game and Mancebo won."

For Anthony it was the second straight runner-up finish at the Tour of the Battenkill. He had finished 11 seconds behind Brett Tivers in 2011 after the New Zealander bridged to and attacked a solo Anthony in the closing kilometres.

"I raced to win, I was in the position and I didn't get it," said Anthony. "It's tough to swallow.

"The whole team did awesome today," continued Anthony. "At least I was there, looking on the bright side. The podium's always good and this is a really cool race. It's hard to win races, especially a race like this."

The three-man break from which the race was decided emerged from ten riders that arrived together at the base of the 16th and final dirt sector, the stair-step climb of Stage Road, with just 10km remaining. Caked in grit and grime from a day of dusty roads and, later, intermittent showers, the elite selection included Mancebo, Anthony, Vennell, Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1-Sanofi), Mike Friedman (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Jeff Louder and Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling), Bruno Langois (Garneau/Quebecor Cycling Team) and John Murphy (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder). The 10-strong group immediately detonated once the dirt road kicked upwards as Mancebo, the former European Grand Tour stalwart, launched a strong attack to which only Anthony and Vennell could respond.

Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1-Sanofi) claimed the sprint for fourth place from a five-man group which crossed the finish line 25 seconds after Mancebo.

"I did all I could to try and stay with them (Mancebo, Anthony and Vennell), but that didn't happen," Rosskopf told Cyclingnews. "Over the top of the climb five of us re-grouped and came to the line together. After that hill I didn't think anybody was going to catch them so I just waited for the sprint."

A balmy, dusty day of racing

The Tour of the Battenkill's marquee professional invitational is comprised of two laps of a 100km circuit starting and finishing in Cambridge, New York in front of the venerable Cambridge Hotel on Main Street. In addition to being a UCI 1.2-rated event, the race is also the second round of USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar (NRC), with series leader Phil Gaimon in attendance along with a strong roster of Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder teammates.

Today's Tour of the Battenkill was its eighth edition, but only the second time it featured a UCI-ranked race as the headline event in conjunction with its wildly popular amateur races, which were held on Saturday. The previous UCI rendition, run in 2010 and also ranked 1.2, was contested under rainy, bitter cold conditions and won by Caleb Fairly.

Upstate New York weather is nothing if not unpredictable and for 2012 the 153-rider peloton rolled off the start line at high noon on Sunday amidst balmy temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit and soon faced choking dust on the dirt sectors. Light showers early on the second lap helped to quell the seemingly impenetrable dust clouds kicked up by the peloton and convoy on the dirt sectors, but visibility would still be dodgy at times.

The day's decisive move occurred early in the second 100km lap as a 15-man escape consolidated in the lead just as it entered the second sector of dirt.

An initial 10-man group moved away from a severely diminished peloton as the riders headed northeast out of Cambridge to Eagleville and its covered bridge over the Battenkill River, the gateway to each lap's initial foray onto dirt. Included in this attack were Bruno Langois (Garneau/Quebecor Cycling Team), Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling), Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team), John Murphy (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder), Marsh Cooper and Mike Friedman (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1-Sanofi), Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling), Tom Last (Team IG-Sigma Sport) and Devan Dunn (CashCall Mortgage).

The escape held a 35-second lead after returning to asphalt and just as their lead was beginning to increase further Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) launched an attack from the peloton on one of the parcours' numerous punchy climbs. The Spaniard was immediately marked by Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling), Jesse Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), NRC leader Phil Gaimon (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) and Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling), all on teams already represented in the 10 riders up the road.

These two groups at the head of affairs would merge into a single 15-man entity entering the closing lap's second dirt sector on Juniper Swamp Road, featuring a steeply pitched climb with an 18 percent gradient. By the time the break exited that section of dirt the gap to the peloton stood at 1:50. Those remaining in the field showed no urge, or ability, to chase and their deficit would balloon to nearly 12 minutes by the finish.

Meanwhile, at the pointy end of the race Chad Beyer went on the attack on the Ferguson Road dirt sector, the fourth on the lap, and was joined by Bruno Langois. As the duo rolled along the Battenkill River towards the town of Greenwich their lead increased to 50 seconds. The bulk of the pace-making in the chase group fell upon Optum Pro Cycling team, who had the most numbers in the group, and Marsh Cooper buried himself for teammates Anthony and Friedman. Phil Gaimon also worked for the benefit of teammate John Murphy.

As the two leaders and 13-man chase group hit the next, and roughest, dirt sector on Mountain Road attrition and mechanicals began to take their toll in the chase group. Four riders came unglued and lost contact including Phil Gaimon, Marsh Cooper, Tom Last and Devan Dunn.

"There was a lot of contact in the field and early on I think somebody bent my rear derailleur hanger so all day it was jumping around," Gaimon told Cyclingnews. "I had to stop a couple of times to get that taken care of, so I had some issues out there. Once we got established and John was feeling good in the break and I'd been through hell and back it was John's turn to go for it. I helped chase, then absolutely blew apart."

Langois and Beyer's stint off the front would ultimately come to an end with 30km remaining and the pair would find themselves off the back of a now 9-man lead group 10km later. After falling behind by 20 seconds, the irrepressible Langois left Beyer, bridged back to the front and then launched a solo attack. The Canadian was kept on a tight leash, though, and was soon brought back into the fold to form the 10-man lead group which stayed intact until the final climb of the day.

Full Results
1 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team 4:55:54  
2 Jesse Anthony (USA) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:00:02  
3 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling    
4 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:00:25  
5 Michael Friedman (USA) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies    
6 Jeff Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
7 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Cycling    
8 Ben Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
9 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau/Quebecor-Norton Rose 0:01:59  
10 John Murphy (USA) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team 0:02:46  
11 Chad Beyer (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team 0:06:03  
12 Tom Last (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport 0:06:20  
13 Devan Dunn (RSA) CashCall Mortgage 0:07:31  
14 Cole House (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team 0:11:43  
15 Shawn Milne (USA) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team    
16 Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team    
17 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh - GAC    
18 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
19 Adam Farabaugh (USA) XO Communications p/b Cisco Systems    
20 David Fleischhauer (USA) Hagens Berman Elite Cycling    
21 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling    
22 Ian Crane (USA) Hagens Berman Elite Cycling    
23 Keck Baker (USA) XO Communications p/b Cisco Systems    
24 Jeff Perrin (USA) Juwi Solar Elite Cycling    
25 Aaron Fillion (Can) Ride with Rendall Cycling Team    
26 David Santos (USA) CashCall Mortgage    
27 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
28 Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Astellas Oncology p/b ABD    
29 Lee Muse (USA) CashCall Mortgage    
30 Pierrick Naud (Can) Ekoi.com - Gaspesien    
31 Brian McCulloch (USA) CashCall Mortgage    
32 Alex Candelario (USA) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies    
33 Ian Holt (USA) Juwi Solar Elite Cycling    
34 Ryan Knapp (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist    
35 Liam Holohan (GBr) Team Raleigh - GAC    
36 Scott Tietzel (USA) Juwi Solar Elite Cycling    
37 Dan Chabanov (USA) Champion System    
38 Mark Langlands (NZl) Garneau/Quebecor-Norton Rose    
39 Simon Richardson (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
40 Chris Uberti (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist    
41 Stefano Barberi (USA) CashCall Mortgage    
42 Steve Fisher (USA) Hagens Berman Elite Cycling    
43 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
44 Cesar Grajales (Col) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team    
45 Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau/Quebecor-Norton Rose    
46 Steven Lampier (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
47 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
48 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies    
49 Max Jenkins (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team 0:12:06  
50 Mike Olheiser (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team    
51 Edison Blair Turner (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:12:10  
52 Chris Gruber (Can) Champion System 0:12:20  
53 Travis Livermon (USA) Team Mountain Khakis - SmartShop 0:12:32  
54 Peter Morse (Can) OCTTO presented by Cervélo 0:13:29  
55 Greg Krause (USA) Juwi Solar Elite Cycling    
56 Wyatt Stoup (USA) Mt Borah / Minerva Design Cycling Team 0:14:37  
57 Phillip-Alder Martz (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:14:56  
58 Chris Barton (USA) Bissell Cycling 0:15:06  
59 Phil Gaimon (USA) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team    
DNF Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Garneau/Quebecor-Norton Rose    
DNF Charly Vives (Can) Garneau/Quebecor-Norton Rose    
DNF Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau/Quebecor-Norton Rose    
DNF Adam Carr (USA) Ekoi.com - Gaspesien    
DNF Mathieu Roy (Can) Ekoi.com - Gaspesien    
DNF Antoine Matteau (Can) Ekoi.com - Gaspesien    
DNF Charles Bryer (Can) Ekoi.com - Gaspesien    
DNF FrânçoisC habot (Can) Ekoi.com - Gaspesien    
DNF Isaac Enderline (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Development Team    
DNF Andrew Meyer (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Development Team    
DNF Jovan Zekavica (Srb) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Development Team    
DNF Parker Kyzer (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Development Team    
DNF James Stemper (USA) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team    
DNF Max Korus (USA) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team    
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies    
DNF Scott Zwizanski (USA) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies    
DNF Peter Hawkins (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
DNF Jon Hamblen (USA) Team Mountain Khakis - SmartShop    
DNF Jerome Townsend (USA) Team Mountain Khakis - SmartShop    
DNF Adam Myerson (USA) Team Mountain Khakis - SmartShop    
DNF Chris Monteleone (USA) Team Mountain Khakis - SmartShop    
DNF Russell Hampton (GBr) Team Raleigh - GAC    
DNF Daniel Holloway (USA) Team Raleigh - GAC    
DNF Simon Holt (GBr) Team Raleigh - GAC    
DNF James Sparling (Can) Team Raleigh - GAC    
DNF Alex Bowden (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Charles Eldridge (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jay Thomson (RSA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF John Minturn (USA) Bikereg.com/Cannondale Cycling Team    
DNF Steve Weller (USA) Bikereg.com/Cannondale Cycling Team    
DNF Peter Hurst (USA) Bikereg.com/Cannondale Cycling Team    
DNF Evan Burkhart (USA) Bikereg.com/Cannondale Cycling Team    
DNF Zack Noonan (USA) Bikereg.com/Cannondale Cycling Team    
DNF Wes Kline (USA) Bikereg.com/Cannondale Cycling Team    
DNF Ryan Aitcheson (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist    
DNF Ben Damhoff (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist    
DNF Andrew Seitz (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist    
DNF Robert Stumpf (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist    
DNF Casey Roth (Can) Ride with Rendall Cycling Team    
DNF Olivier Delaney (Can) Ride with Rendall Cycling Team    
DNF Kiernan Orange (Can) Ride with Rendall Cycling Team    
DNF Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Ride with Rendall Cycling Team    
DNF Stephen Keeping (Can) Ride with Rendall Cycling Team    
DNF William Blackburn (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments    
DNF Sebastien Lacroix (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments    
DNF Scott Loong (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments    
DNF Kianoush Missaghi (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments    
DNF James Picolli (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments    
DNF Robert Ralph (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments    
DNF Osmond Bakker (Can) OCTTO presented by Cervélo    
DNF Kevin Black (Can) OCTTO presented by Cervélo    
DNF David Byer (Can) OCTTO presented by Cervélo    
DNF Yuri Hrycaj (Can) OCTTO presented by Cervélo    
DNF Brian Trafford (Can) OCTTO presented by Cervélo    
DNF Anthony Hall (USA) Champion System    
DNF Timothy Rugg (USA) Champion System    
DNF Chris Johnson (USA) Champion System    
DNF Igor Volshteyn (USA) Champion System    
DNF Kennett Peterseon (USA) Hagens Berman Elite Cycling    
DNF Gabe Verela (USA) Hagens Berman Elite Cycling    
DNF Jesse Reams (USA) Hagens Berman Elite Cycling    
DNF Michael Margarite (USA) Stan's Notubes / AXA Equitable Cycling Team    
DNF Stephan Kincaid (USA) Stan's Notubes / AXA Equitable Cycling Team    
DNF Joe Whitman (USA) Stan's Notubes / AXA Equitable Cycling Team    
DNF Jacob Mueller (USA) Stan's Notubes / AXA Equitable Cycling Team    
DNF Steven Cummings (USA) Stan's Notubes / AXA Equitable Cycling Team    
DNF Bobby Lea (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA    
DNF Barry Miller (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA    
DNF Mike Chauner (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA    
DNF Nick Frey (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA    
DNF William Hottenstein (USA) Mt Borah / Minerva Design Cycling Team    
DNF John Hunter (USA) Mt Borah / Minerva Design Cycling Team    
DNF Andrew McCullough (USA) Mt Borah / Minerva Design Cycling Team    
DNF Matthew Spohn (USA) Mt Borah / Minerva Design Cycling Team    
DNF Adam Switters (USA) XO Communications p/b Cisco Systems    
DNF Sean Barrie (USA) XO Communications p/b Cisco Systems    
DNF Jamie Riggs (Can) Jet Fuel Cycling Team    
DNF Anton Varabei (Can) Jet Fuel Cycling Team    
DNF Joe Guiliano (Can) Jet Fuel Cycling Team    
DNF Andrew Randell (Can) Jet Fuel Cycling Team    
DNF Jesse Goodrich (USA) Juwi Solar Elite Cycling    
DNF Julian Kyer (USA) Juwi Solar Elite Cycling    
DNF Zachary Bergh (USA) Astellas Oncology p/b ABD