Armstrong Fastest At Nature Valley TT

Posted on 15. Jun, 2011 by in race

Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) didn’t let the rain bother her as she tackled the 6-mile St Paul Riverfront timetrial on Wednesday morning. Looking over her glasses, she focused on the road ahead, on the final .7-mile kicker to the finish line and clocked the fastest time of 14:30. The current US National Time Trial Champion Evelyn Stevens (HTC-Highroad) was 23 seconds slower for second place.  Armstrong’s teammate and last year’s time trial winner, Alison Starnes takes third at 27 seconds down.

Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12) fastest at St Paul Time Trial

Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12) fastest at St Paul Time Trial

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Olympic champion and 4-time overall winner at Nature Valley Grand Prix,  Armstrong is ready to defend and knows that managing the numerous time bonuses at the race are always a challenge.  A total of 68 seconds can be won in time bonus sprints over the next five stages.

Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) is the Best Young Rider and Jade Wilcoxson (Nature Valley Pro Ride) takes the Best Cat 2 rider jersey after the first stage.

No rest for the wicked. The racing continues on Wednesday evening, with the St Paul Downtown Criterium and the good news is that rain has stopped and the sun is out.  The course is a flat, fast, five-corner course that features brick sections around Rice Park and some of the most beautiful architecture in the Midwest. One change for this year is that time bonus sprints have been separated from points sprints, so riders chasing the yellow jersey won’t be competing with sprint jersey contenders. A total of 22 seconds at play in time bonus. The women do 28 laps starting at 6:15pm CT.

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Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12). “I knew that the time bonuses here all week are just, about 60 seconds of time bonuses if you win them all, and so our team’s goal going into it was that we wanted to get as many people up to the top as possible because we want to have options throughout the week. There are going to be many teams that want breaks in the road races, they’re going to want to race their bikes. We have Nationals next Thursday and there are teams from Europe here, and you just know that everyone wants something out of this. I don’t mind having pressure but I also want to make sure that we have options, so now we have Starnes in third, and K-Mac close behind, just a few seconds, and so we’re really excited to have options like this because when other teams do want something to go up the road, hey it doesn’t always have to be about me, I have a target on my back. For me, I really just want to stay safe with Nationals next week, it’s really important.”

About the wet conditions. “I get excited, if it rains now it’s not going to rain later (laughs). And I’m by myself, I’m in charge of my own destiny and so all I had to worry about, the first two minutes, I couldn’t see through my glasses so I had to put then down but it was because I thought the potholes might eat me. The roads are shiny but I like this course, it’s a fun course and I’d never done it on a road bike before but I actually preferred today because when there are different navigation issues, I wouldn’t have wanted to have been on my TT bike because it’s just more delicate.”

Top 10 Stage 1 Results (Complete Results)
1.   Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) .14’30″
2.   Evelyn Stevens (HTC-High Road) 23″
3.   Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 27″
4.   Amber Neben (HTC-High Road) 29″
5.   Kristin Mcgrath (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 33″
6.   Anne Samplonius (NOW And Novartis ) 35″
7.   Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo p/b Cooking Light) 41″
8.   Amber Pierce (Diadora Pasta Zara) 45″
9.   *Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo p/b Cooking Light) 47″
10.   Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 48″

Top 10 General Classification after stage 1
1.   Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) .14’30″
2.   Evelyn Stevens (HTC-High Road) 23″
3.   Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 27″
4.   Amber Neben (HTC-High Road) 29″
5.   Kristin Mcgrath (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 33″
6.   Anne Samplonius (NOW And Novartis ) 35″
7.   Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo p/b Cooking Light) 41″
8.   Amber Pierce (Diadora Pasta Zara) 45″
9.   *Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo p/b Cooking Light) 47″
10.   Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 48″

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