The only woman to break the 19 minute barrier, Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12) flew on the 7.8 mi (12.6 km) hilly course. The Olympic Gold TT Medalist stopped the clock at 18:55 and claimed her third victory in a row at the Sea Otter Classic.
Triathlete Rhae Shaw was 47 seconds down to take second and Jennifer Wheeler (TIBCO/To The Top) took third at 1:14 down.
Armstrong has a unassailable lead in the omnium with one stage to go, the Circuit Race on the Laguna Seca racetrack with the famous corkscrew. The women race for 2 hours on the 2.2-mile loop where the wind often plays a factor.
Top 3 Stage 3 Results
1. Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12) 18:55
2. Rhae Shaw 19:42
3. Jennifer Wheeler (TIBCO/To The Top) 20:09
GC After Stage 3
1. Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12)