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Rasmussen Pulls Through to Victory in Philadelphia
Alex Rasmussen took his first win of the season today at the TD Bank International Cycling Championship in Philadelphia. With a long sprint through the circuit finish of a 251 kilometer race, Rasmussen showed outstanding resilience after the Giro d’Italia by pulling ahead of the pre-race favorites for the win of this iconic one-day race.
“With only five riders to work with, we had to take control right from the start,” said sport director Allan Peiper, “There were six riders out front in the beginning, and Caleb [Fairly] and Patrick [Gretsch] did a great job interchanging and controlling the pack.”
“There was a maximum lead of nine and a half minutes, and Fairly and Gretsch slowly reeled them in.”
In the last thirty kilometers, there was a break of about a minute that held until the last lap of the race circuit when HTC-Highroad pulled them back.
“Leigh Howard’s derailleur failed at Lemon hill with three kilometers to go,” says Peiper, “But we had maintained a dominant presence in the peloton and the guys were able to keep the group together.”
“Rasmussen was on point, and was able to make a big sprint from a ways back to take the win.”
This is Alex Rasmussen’s first win for the HTC-Highroad Sprint team, and the team’s second win of the day after Michael Albasini’s victory in GP Kanton Aargau.
How They Led to Unexpected Opportunity for Professional Cyclist Caleb Fairly
By Caitlin Fairly
“Dad, there’s no way they would be interested in me. They’re the best team in the world,” Caleb Fairly said, referring to Highroad Sports, the world’s winningest professional cycling team.
Fairly, age 23, and his agent were frantically searching for a new contract in August, 2010 because Slipstream Sports, his current team, had just informed him that they were going to cancel his 2011 contract to ride in Europe’s Pro Tour, the major-leagues of cycling. Desperately late in the signing season, the news was devastating and Fairly’s future was on the line.
Undoubtedly, God had Fairly’s future under control. Regardless of how unfair or outrageous things seemed at times, Fairly recognizes that God was orchestrating and directing circumstances in his life.
“I really feel like God’s hand has been present my entire career,” Fairly said. “I know this is where I’m supposed to be. This is the plan God has for me.”
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Amarilloan rides for European team
By Terrence Hunley
Amarillo native Caleb Fairly has taken his Texas roots to Europe.
And it’s not for a vacation.
Fairly pulled off a rare feat for someone from the Texas Panhandle, signing a six-figure contract in November with pro tour cycling team HTC-Highroad. He packed up and moved to Girona, Spain, to join the intense world of elite pro cycling.
The 24-year-old San Jacinto Christian Academy graduate knows he made the right call in HTC-Highroad.
“It’s the No. 1 team in the world,” Fairly said. “They win more races than anyone else. My rookie year is only about halfway through but I’ve learned a lot. Me and my wife figured out how to live in Europe. We moved our lives overseas.
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Talented American talks about riding the Classics
Caleb Fairly is enjoying his first taste of the Ardennes classics with the HTC-Highroad team this spring.
The 24 year-old Texan admitted he is climbing a step learning curve in his full season in Europe but is able to take in the drama and passion of racing in the sports biggest hilly classics.
He did not finish the Amstel Gold Race or Flèche Wallonne but will be back for more at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where he will be supporting team leaders Tony Martin and Marco Pinotti.
Fairly showed his ability while riding for a trainee with Garmin last year and rightly hopes to be competitive in the Ardennes classics later in his career.
Caleb learned to ride his bike in Amarillo. He was introduced to the sport as a boy by his father, and they spent countless hours riding ‘uphill’ into the strong, year-round West Texas wind. “Perhaps it was not the best place to learn to race bikes,” Caleb says, “But looking back, the relentless wind and winter snow were instrumental in shaping my character as a bike racer.”
There are several goals which drive him, but he is challenged mostly by the journey – the days between the goals when it is up to him to train, suffer and overcome the obstacles. ” I am best when people doubt me. In my spare time, I love stream fishing and being with my family, especially my wife, Allyson.”