Kristin Armstrong Easily Defends Women’s Time Trial Invitational

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by in race

Defending Champion, Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY12), dominated the Bakersfield time trial course finishing in under 40 minutes. She easily won the Second Annual Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial Invitational. The women’s field raced the same course as the men’s Stage 5 time trial, 29.7 km with an 8% climb at the end on the China Grade Loop. (Read what Armstrong had to say prior to the race).

Women's TT podium: Kristin Armstrong (Exergy Twenty12), 2nd Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS), Jade Wilcoxson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

Women's TT podium: Kristin Armstrong (Exergy Twenty12), 2nd Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS), Jade Wilcoxson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

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Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY12)
“I was thinking it would be a 40 minute effort today, but I wasn’t sure what it would be. From training on it the last two days and then today, I would say it felt a lot heavier today than I ever imagined. It was a really, really hot course and a really, really heavy ride. The course really tested my mental state. It also tested my focus. I actually enjoy climbing. I get into my own rhythm and I don’t have to focus as much. I just know that the end is the top of the hill. The hardest part of the course was out there around 5K towards the turnaround and 5K out coming back towards the park. That middle 10K was really tough. The roads turned into a bit of chip seal and it gets a little sticky. The rolling speed comes down a bit and for me it got stagnant out there…and you know that you are not even half way done yet.”

“It feels great to win again. I rolled up to the start line and it was pretty quiet here but all of the tents were set up at the finish line. I thought…hey, just having the tents out here was really big for women cycling. It was great to have the fans lined up cheering and the fans on the climb cheering for you with cowbells. It was really was special for us. I really hope AEG and the sponsors keep a time trial for the women.”

Alison Powers (NOW and NOVARTIS for MS)
“I didn’t think that it was going to be so hard, not as windy today. It’s hot, it’s long. There are these two climbs on the way back in. You’ve got to save something and it’s so hard because you just want to go, go, go. If you explode when you hit the climb you’re going to lose a lot of time. Oh yes. I threw up a little bit in my mouth. It was good. I’m very happy, I was able to challenge myself a little more than I did at Gila.”

“I think it’s really cool, really cool. At least they’re doing something for the women, the prize money is good, it’s an honor to be invited, there are all these spectators, I think it’s cool. I’m super proud to be here.”

Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies)
“It was super smooth out there. It was really hot but this is a good course for me. It’s a nice rolly and long course. I am not used to time trials this long. It was really hard to pace myself. It turned out okay. The climb was hard because it was at the end. You need to leave something for the finish, which is not easy to do because it’s windy and hot. It seemed like there was a headwind and a tailwind but I was so hot I was not even thinking of the wind.”

WOMEN’S TIME TRIAL RESULTS:
1. Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY12), USA 39.59.28
2. Alison Powers (NOW and NOVARTIS for MS), USA 41.23.88
3. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies), USA 41.58.08
4. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY12), USA 42.09.68
5. Robin Farina (NOW and NOVARTIS for MS), USA 42.32.92
6. Tayler Wiles (Exergy TWENTY12), USA 43.40.40
7. Emilia Fahlin (Team Specialized-Lululemon), SWE 43.42.02
8. Janel Holcomb (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies), USA 44.12.46
9. Loren Rowney (Team Specialized-Lululemon), AUS 44.15.59
10. Bridie O’Donnell (Vanderkitten-Focus), AUS 44.23.34

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