Boise’s Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) signed autographs and lead a ride for kids before putting the hammer down, once again, in her last race before the Olympic Games in Beijing where she is gunning for the gold medal in the time trial and a podium spot for her team in the road race.
On a new course this year due to construction, the 22nd annual Twilight Criterium was run on a 1 kilometer loop with a small S-shape through turn number one.
Armstrong easily won the 50 minute women’s criterium, almost lapping the field, and crossed the line over a minute ahead of Nichole Wangsgard (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Kirsten Kotval (PCIM).
“A win is a win and every time you can win, you get more confidence.” said Armstrong to KIVI TV after the race.
The men’s pro race was both on the NRC series and the USA Crits series (not so for the women) and a fierce battle was waged between Toyota-United and the TIME Pro Cycling team, with each team putting 3 men in the final top 6 at the end of the 90-minute race.
In front of a large crowd estimated at more than 10,000, Hilton Clarke (Toyota-United) won the second USA CRITS Series race this season for his team. Clarke also gave his team a consecutive win in this race, won last year by Ivan Dominguez who finished fifth on Saturday. His teammate Dominique Rollin was second and Dan Ramsey (TIME Pro) was third.
Ramsey launched the first offensive and escaped from the field for 11 laps before being joined by the Toyota-United duo of Clarke and Rollin. While Ramsey tried everything to drop the dangerous pair, the peloton behind them detonated in the pursuit of primes and 52 minutes in the race the trio lapped the field. At that point, the Toyota-United squad controlled the field for the last 30 minutes and set up the train to bring Clarke to victory.
Thanks to his fourth place finish, TIME Pro Cycling’s Adam Myerson has now assumed the top position on the USA CRITS leader board.
“Dan took the $500 gambler’s prime with 3 to go, Tom and I sprinted and were 4th and 6th, while Dan was 3rd!” Myerson wrote afterwards in his Cycle-Smart.com blog. “Our second NRC podium in 2 weeks. Now I’m leading the USA Crit Series and we made almost 4 grand. BOO-YA!”
Right behind Myerson in the overall USA Crits standings is the TOSHIBA-Santo’s Cuban duo Yosvany Falcon and Frank Travieso.