Felt News


New Zealand - Kristin Armstrong of the ExergyTWENTY12 team started her season with a bang last week when she won the opening stage time trial at the Tour of New Zealand. Racing for the USA National Team, Armstrong rode her Felt F1 to a decisive victory on a rainy day, finishing the short, technical 7.1km course in 10:15.

Armstrong’s teammate Evelyn Stevens finished the TT second, 17 seconds slower. That result would prove decisive in the end. After protecting her lead for three days, Armstrong happily relinquished the GC lead to Stevens on Stage 4. Stevens got into a breakaway on the 110km stage that gained more than 7 minutes on the main field.
California — Rhae Shaw of the ExergyTWENTY12 team had a big weekend, winning  the February 25 Snelling Road Race and the February 26 Original Merced Criterium. It was an incredible start to the season for the former elite triathlete, who just joined the team this year.

One of Shaw's big goals for the season is to represent her home nation of Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. She got her season off to a great start with the two victories in California, which will go down as her first two pro wins.
London — American Sarah Hammer rode her Felt TK1 to a gold medal in the omnium at the season's final World Cup Track event in London. Hammer, a four-time World Champion on the track, showed that she’s headed in the right direction toward her big goal for the season, the upcoming Summer Olympics, which will be held on the same track in London.

The omnium tests track racers’ overall abilities, combining results from six different events. Hammer won with consistent performances, finishing third in the flying lap, ninth in the points race, eighth in the elimination, third in the individual pursuit, second in the scratch race and fifth in the time trial. The omnium will be one of five track events contested by women at the upcoming Olympics.
San Fernando, Spain Patrick Gretsch of the Project 1t4i team made Sunday a day to remember, giving the squad its second big win of the day after his teammate Marcel Kittel’s earlier stage win at the Tour of Oman. Gretsch hammered his Felt DA to victory in the prologue stage at the Tour of Andalucia.

Gretsch flew through the 6km stage in San Fernando, Spain, clocking a time of 6:49, 2 seconds faster than Spaniard Markel Irizar.
OmanProject 1t4i sprinter Marcel Kittel scored his second stage win at the Tour of Oman, winning Sunday's finale with another powerful sprint. For the second time this week the young German upstaged some of the world’s top sprinters, powering his Felt F1 team bike to a confident win at Matrah Corniche.

“We know now that we can sprint against the top sprinters, as a team too, by staying in front and doing a really good lead-out,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com after the win.
Oman — It didn’t take long for the Felt-sponsored Project 1t4i team to signal its arrival to the upper echelon of pro cycling. The team’s young German sprinter Marcel Kittel scored a huge win for himself and the team at Thursday's Stage 3 of the Tour of Oman.

Kittel was the first to strike in the finishing stretch, and none of the sport’s marquee sprinters could match the 23-year-old’s speed. He blasted to the front on his Felt F1 team bike and held off names like André Greipel (second), Tyler Farrar (fourth), Tom Boonen (sixth) and World Champion Mark Cavendish (eighth)
Carson, California Felt-sponsored Paralympic athlete Greta Neimanas stormed her way to three medals at the 2012 Paracycling Track World Championships this week at the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles. The American took home two silvers and a gold, which turned out to be the lone victory for the USA squad at this year's event.

The highlight of Neimanas’s week was a win in the scratch race, a first time event for the Paracycling Worlds.
Dutch strongman Tom Veelers nabbed an impressive 2nd place in today's sprint finish of stage 4 of the marquee ASO event, Tour of Qatar. Tom finished just behind Belgian Tom Boonen, and was helped to the line by strong, smart racing from the entire Project 1T4i squad, including an impressive final effort by teammate Roger Kluge.
Today's finish comes on the heels of a great Project 1T4i performance yesterday where John Degenkolb finished 5th in stage 3's sprint finish, again the result of smart aggressive racing by the whole team. The Tour of Qatar continues through Feb 10.
Marcel Kittel claimed Project 1t4i's first victory in 2012 by taking stage 2 of the French 5-day race, Etoile des Besseges, in a high-speed sprint finish. The German sensation edged out victory in front of Belgium's Kris Boeckmans and stage one winner Nacer Bouhanni.
Like much of the race, the second stage proved very difficult due to severe winter weather that hit most of Europe including southern France. Snow and freezing temperatures forced the race organizers to cancel the first part of the route between Nîmes and Saint-Ambroix making for a shorter and more frantic stage and finish.
Marcel Kittel claimed the first victory for Project 1t4i. The sprinter of Project 1t4i edged the victory in the second stage of the French stage race Etoile des Besseges before Belgium Kris Boeckmans and stage one winner Nacer Bouhanni.