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Fairly conquers the Battenkill

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Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) on the second time up Juniper Swamp

Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) on the second time up Juniper Swamp
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Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) wins the Tour of Battenkill.

Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) wins the Tour of Battenkill.
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Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) and Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) maintain a 45 second lead on Meetinghouse Road

Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) and Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) maintain a 45 second lead on Meetinghouse Road
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Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) leads Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) on the race winning attack just past the second feed zone

Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) leads Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) on the race winning attack just past the second feed zone
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Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia) maintains his break over peloton, but is soon caught

Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia) maintains his break over peloton, but is soon caught
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Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita at the front

Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita at the front
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Ben Day (Fly V Australia) rides in the main peloton

Ben Day (Fly V Australia) rides in the main peloton
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Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita riders worked hard to absorb the 11-rider break

Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita riders worked hard to absorb the 11-rider break
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The peloton passing a secluded country home on Mountain Road

The peloton passing a secluded country home on Mountain Road
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Aaron Kemps of Fly V Australia continues his solo break near Battenville

Aaron Kemps of Fly V Australia continues his solo break near Battenville
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The Tour of the Battenkill peloton tackles one of the course's many climbs just past Cabot Dairy

The Tour of the Battenkill peloton tackles one of the course's many climbs just past Cabot Dairy
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Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita team members lead the pursuit of the 11 riders off the front

Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita team members lead the pursuit of the 11 riders off the front
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Near the Battenkill Creamery, Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) pulls off the front of the 10 rider group which trails race leader and former breakaway companion Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia)

Near the Battenkill Creamery, Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) pulls off the front of the 10 rider group which trails race leader and former breakaway companion Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia)
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Aaron Kemps of Fly V Australia makes a solo break on lap two

Aaron Kemps of Fly V Australia makes a solo break on lap two
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BikeReg-Cannondale teammates Joshua Dillon, left, and Thom Coupe climb Juniper Swamp

BikeReg-Cannondale teammates Joshua Dillon, left, and Thom Coupe climb Juniper Swamp
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Derrick St-John (Garneau - Club Chaussures) on the Juniper Swamp climb

Derrick St-John (Garneau - Club Chaussures) on the Juniper Swamp climb
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Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita leads the main bunch up Juniper Swamp the second time

Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita leads the main bunch up Juniper Swamp the second time
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Zipping up for the cameras: Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) crosses the finish line in first place and arrives at the biggest win of his career.

Zipping up for the cameras: Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) crosses the finish line in first place and arrives at the biggest win of his career.
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Podium: Jay Robert Thomson (Fly V Australia), Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) and Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) with their bottles of chocolate milk from the local Battenkill Valley Creamery

Podium: Jay Robert Thomson (Fly V Australia), Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) and Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) with their bottles of chocolate milk from the local Battenkill Valley Creamery
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Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita riders lead up the Juniper Swamp climb

Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita riders lead up the Juniper Swamp climb
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Jacob Rytlewski (Kenda p/b Gear Grinder) climbing hard up Juniper Swamp Road, the second dirt section

Jacob Rytlewski (Kenda p/b Gear Grinder) climbing hard up Juniper Swamp Road, the second dirt section
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William Goodfellow (BikeReg-Cannondale) determined on the Juniper Swamp climb

William Goodfellow (BikeReg-Cannondale) determined on the Juniper Swamp climb
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Peloton hammers all together down Rich Road

Peloton hammers all together down Rich Road
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British national champion Kristian House (Rapha Condor - Sharp) at the head of affairs up Joe Bean Hill

British national champion Kristian House (Rapha Condor - Sharp) at the head of affairs up Joe Bean Hill
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Two riders off the back on Ferguson Road, the fourth of eight dirt sections.

Two riders off the back on Ferguson Road, the fourth of eight dirt sections.
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The field sweeps along the Battenkill River approaching Greenwich

The field sweeps along the Battenkill River approaching Greenwich
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Thom Coupe (BikeReg-Cannondale) in the bunch

Thom Coupe (BikeReg-Cannondale) in the bunch
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The peloton hammers down Meetinghouse Road, the seventh of eight dirt sections on the 100km circuit

The peloton hammers down Meetinghouse Road, the seventh of eight dirt sections on the 100km circuit
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The peloton on the wet road near Buskirk

The peloton on the wet road near Buskirk
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Another dirt section in the rain for a Spidertech p/b Planet Energy rider

Another dirt section in the rain for a Spidertech p/b Planet Energy rider
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Mud and determination mark the face of a rider during the Tour of the Battenkill

Mud and determination mark the face of a rider during the Tour of the Battenkill
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The peloton climbs Stage Road

The peloton climbs Stage Road
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Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1) crosses the Start/Finish in Cambridge, NY to start lap two

Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1) crosses the Start/Finish in Cambridge, NY to start lap two
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Singled up north of Cambridge early on the second lap.

Singled up north of Cambridge early on the second lap.
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Jason Donald (Bahati Foundation) leads Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia), Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) and Kenda p/b Gear Grinder teammates Nick Waite and Phil Gaimon in the 11-man break

Jason Donald (Bahati Foundation) leads Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia), Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) and Kenda p/b Gear Grinder teammates Nick Waite and Phil Gaimon in the 11-man break
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The main pack exits the iconic covered bridge at Eagleville

The main pack exits the iconic covered bridge at Eagleville
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Aaron Kemps of Fly V Australia leads the break the second time up Juniper Swamp climb

Aaron Kemps of Fly V Australia leads the break the second time up Juniper Swamp climb
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Mark Hekman (Team Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes) makes the 270 degree turn towards Easton

Mark Hekman (Team Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes) makes the 270 degree turn towards Easton
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Tour of the Battenkill podium (l-r): Jay Robert Thomson, Caleb Fairly, Floyd Landis.

Tour of the Battenkill podium (l-r): Jay Robert Thomson, Caleb Fairly, Floyd Landis.
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The face of the day: race winner Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) coated in road grime.

The face of the day: race winner Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) coated in road grime.
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Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) concentrates as he approaches the finish line.

Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) concentrates as he approaches the finish line.
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Despite hard work and suffering during the break Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) manages to hang on to second place.

Despite hard work and suffering during the break Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) manages to hang on to second place.
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Jay Thomson (Fly V Austrailia) takes a pull with Luca Damiani (Kenda-Gear Grinder), and his efforts will garner him a third place spot on the podium.

Jay Thomson (Fly V Austrailia) takes a pull with Luca Damiani (Kenda-Gear Grinder), and his efforts will garner him a third place spot on the podium.
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Luca Damiani (Kenda-Gear Grinder) leads the chase group at the start of the final break, and to what will be his best place to date as he finished fourth.

Luca Damiani (Kenda-Gear Grinder) leads the chase group at the start of the final break, and to what will be his best place to date as he finished fourth.
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After working together for 20 kilometres Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) made his move on the ascent, and just pulled away.

After working together for 20 kilometres Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) made his move on the ascent, and just pulled away.
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Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) mounts the final and decisive move of the day with Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) in tow.

Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation) mounts the final and decisive move of the day with Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) in tow.
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Daniel Zmolik (AXA-Equitable Cycling Team) trys to chase a break of two but he missed the train.

Daniel Zmolik (AXA-Equitable Cycling Team) trys to chase a break of two but he missed the train.
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The peloton enjoys a little roller coaster ride.

The peloton enjoys a little roller coaster ride.
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Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia) has attacked the break and rides alone at the head of the race.

Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia) has attacked the break and rides alone at the head of the race.
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Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia) has a chat with team director Ed Beamon.

Aaron Kemps (Fly V Australia) has a chat with team director Ed Beamon.
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A CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team rider in action during the Tour of the Battenkill.

A CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team rider in action during the Tour of the Battenkill.
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The peloton negotiates a dirt road section during the Tour of the Battenkill.

The peloton negotiates a dirt road section during the Tour of the Battenkill.
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The peloton crosses the covered bridge in Eagleville early in the race.

The peloton crosses the covered bridge in Eagleville early in the race.
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The peloton rolls through rural upstate New York in the Tour of the Battenkill.

The peloton rolls through rural upstate New York in the Tour of the Battenkill.
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Michael Mathis (CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team) and his number one fan.

Michael Mathis (CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team) and his number one fan.
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Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) soloed to his biggest victory at the first UCI-ranked Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, New York. Caked in mud from a day of racing on the event's signature dirt roads which had turned sloppy from sporadic rain, the 23-year-old powered to the finish line with a 2:24 minute advantage over Floyd Landis (Bahati Foundation).

Fairly was the only rider to respond to Landis's attack with 30 kilometres remaining, from a reduced field of approximately 40 riders. The Coloradan dispatched Landis on the day's final climb, the dirt road ascent of Stage Road with nine kilometres remaining.

"It wasn't really an attack, I was just going," said Fairly. "When I came over the top of the climb I got 30 seconds pretty quick and I knew I'd probably win.

"I was a little worried that I was going to be too tired to go at the finale," said Fairly, who was part of a previous break absorbed 60 kilometres from the finish. "Floyd told me 'you'll get your chance, just keep an eye on me'. He attacked, I went up to him and we just motored all the way to the finish line."

The decision to work together was an easy one for Fairly and Landis, as the pair had trained together in California over the winter. "I'm a young guy and he's a veteran of the sport and I think he wanted to help the young guys," said Fairly.

The 200km Tour of the Battenkill, two laps of a hilly 100km circuit winding through rural upstate countryside on both asphalt and dirt roads, played to Fairly's strengths

"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. 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.

"This race is definitely one of the coolest races in the country,” he added. “America needs more races like this with the Classics feel and the long distance."

Behind, a two-man chase battled for the final podium spot, with Fly V Australia's Jay Thomson outsprinting Luca Damiani (Kenda-Geargrinder) for third 19 seconds behind Landis. The duo were originally a trio in pursuit of Fairly and Landis, but Andres Pereyra (Jamis-Sutter Home) fell off the pace and was absorbed back into the field.

"Floyd put in an attack and by the time I got going he already had a bit of a gap," said Thomson. "I was really disappointed I couldn't get across. We definitely had the riders to win today, but you can't win them all, although we're certainly going to try."

For Damiani, the Tour of the Battenkill was the Italian's first race for his new team and he was focused on delivering a result.

"Unfortunately I saw Floyd's move too late," said Damiani. "I knew that was a good one so I jumped with the other two guys. Those two [Fairly and Landis] were just going too fast for us on the dirt sections. We were working hard, but they were just going faster.

"The course was hard, but the cold and the rain was the difference," he added.

Kenneth Hanson (Team Type 1) won the bunch gallop for fifth from a field dramatically reduced by attrition.

Mud and misery in upstate New York

While the previous weekend's amateur edition of the Tour of the Battenkill took place in sunny weather and dry roads, rain had moved into the area in the days approaching Sunday's inaugural UCI-sanctioned version, leaving a slick sheen on the dirt roads comprising 25 percent of the course.

The 166-strong field rolled out of Cambridge's Main Street at 11 A.M. under overcast skies and temperatures in the mid-40s Fahrenheit, but the dry tarmac would soon turn damp under the intermittent rain which ranged from mist to steady downpour throughout the afternoon.

While the first significant attack didn't occur until kilometre 90, the steady tempo being set by the professional teams at the head of the race had already significantly reduced the size of the peloton to less than half its original size. Through each of the circuit's eight single-lane dirt sections a steady procession of riders were gapped off and never able to regain contact once the race returned to asphalt.

As the field set out on its second and concluding lap, an attack by 11 riders steadily began to distance itself from the peloton. Included in the break were Jonathan Tiernan-Lock and Darren Lapthorne (Rapha Condor-Sharp), Aaron Kemps, Bernard Sulzberger and David Tanner (Fly V Australia), Jason Donald (Bahati Racing), William Dugan (Team Type 1), Tyler Wren (Jamis-Sutter Home), Phil Gaimon and Nick Waite (Kenda-Gear Grinder) and Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners).

As the escapees crossed the covered bridge in Eagleville and entered the first section of dirt their advantage stood at one minute. Through the next several sections of dirt the lead increased to 2:15 minutes when Kemps made a solo attack. The break looked promising with only two of the eight professional teams absent from the escape, but what little cohesion the move had reduced to nothing once Kemps went solo.

"We thought it was the right move to be in but I think Fly V was too strong and showed its dominance in the group," said Lapthorne. "The rest of the guys didn't work that well and when Aaron Kemps attacked that was the end of the break. We were getting caught quickly by the peloton, decided to sit up and hopefully bring it back from there."

"Having the break split up with Aaron up the road wasn't the ideal thing for us," said Thomson. "Then when Jamis got on the front and chased that kind of threw a spanner in the works."

The 10 riders gapped by Kemps were absorbed by the Jamis-led field with 60 km remaining. Kemps persevered on his own until the outskirts of Greenwich, New York, after a lengthy stretch of pavement which allowed easy organisation by the chasers. A field reduced to approximately 40 riders were ready to contest the Tour of the Battenkill's endgame with 40km remaining.

Approaching the fifth dirt section only 10 kilometres later, Landis launched an attack and was immediately joined by Fairly. A chasing trio of Thomson, Damiani and Pereyra closed to within 20 seconds, but soon found their deficit increasing as they were unable to keep the pace of Landis and Fairly on the dirt roads.

On the eighth and final dirt section, the climb of Stage Road beginning at 10km to go, Fairly dispatched of Landis and crested the summit with a 30-second lead. After emerging onto asphalt for a lightning descent and a flat final six kilometres into Cambridge, Fairly continued to increase his lead and crossed the finish line emphatically pumping his fists with joy for the biggest win of his career. Landis would just hold off the chasing duo of Thomson and Damiani, with Thomson rounding out the podium.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Fairly (USA) Holowesko Partners4:57:07
2Floyd Landis (USA) Bahati Foundation0:02:24
3Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia0:02:43
4Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Gear Grinder
5Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 10:03:44
6Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia
7Alex Howes (USA) Holowesko Partners
8Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia
10Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia
11Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita
12Daniel Summerhill (USA) Holowesko Partners
13Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia
14Pavel Gonda (Cze) Garneau-Club Chaussures
15Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor-Sharp0:03:45
16Andres Ignacio Pereyra (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita
17Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1
18Dylan McNicholas (USA) CCB Wheelworks0:03:46
19Steve Tilford (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-Homevisit
20Tom Coupe (USA) BikeReg-Cannondale
21Daniel Zmolik (Cze) CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team
22Mark Hekman (USA) Team Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
23Derrick St John (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures
24David Tanner (Aus) Fly V Australia
25Aaron Fillion (Can) Ride With Rendall
26Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
27Robbie Squire (USA) Holowesko Partners
28Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Gear Grinder0:03:47
29Michael Mathis (USA) CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team
30Andy Guptill (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita
31Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong
32Alex Hagman (USA) Bahati Foundation
33Taylor Sheldon (USA) Holowesko Partners0:03:48
34Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation
35Cameron Cogburn (USA) CCB Wheelworks
36James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Sutter Homes p/b Colavita0:03:49
37Hayden Brooks (Aus) Fly V Australia
38Alec Donahue (USA) Wheelhouse Racing
39Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (GBr) Rapha Condor-Sharp
40David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia0:03:52
41Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
42Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia
43William Dugan (USA) Team Type 10:03:57
44Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor-Sharp0:04:14
45Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita0:05:47
46Bobby Lea (USA) Bahati Foundation0:06:41
47Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor-Sharp
48Walker Savidge (USA) Holowesko Partners0:06:42
49Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 10:07:30
50Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong0:08:57
51Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 10:15:31
52Kevin Wolfson (USA) IFracing.org0:18:58
53Nick Frey (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita0:22:53
54Jackie Simes (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita
55Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures0:22:54
56Michael Margarite (USA) CRCA-AXA Equitable Cycling Team
57Cory Burns (USA) Champion System Racing
58Justin Lindine (USA) BikeReg-Cannondale
59Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-Homevisit

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