Felt News

MAY 2012


Bakersfield, California - Kristin Armstrong of the Exergy-Twenty12 team continued her tear through the elite women’s road racing ranks, dominating Thursday’s Amgen Tour of California Time Trial on a scorching hot day in Bakersfield. 

Armstrong, the defending Olympic Time Trial gold medalist, is trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. Riding her Felt DA bike, she sent a message loud and clear that she has the form to be a medal contender again.


Argos-Shimano rider John Degenkolb dominated the three-day Tour de Picardie stage race in France over the weekend, winning two stages and taking the overall victory on his Felt F1 team bike. The 23-year-old German sprinter is on a hot streak, having also won two stages at the Four Days of Dunkirk the week before. 

Degenkolb opened up the May 11-13 Tour of Picardie with a win in the 166.5km stage from Clermont to Braine. He credited his Argos-Shimano teammates for controlling the race, chasing down a breakaway group, and setting him up for the sprint finale. 


The Felt Ötztal X-Bionic team had a successful outing at Round 3 of the World Cup Cross-Country Series in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, scoring podium finishes in the Men’s Eliminator Sprint race and the Women’s XC race. 

Australian Paul van der Ploeg (pictured, left) got things off to a strong start, posting the fastest qualifying time among pro men in the Eliminator event. He advanced to the finals and finished second behind Swiss rider Sepp Freiburghaus. It was the second podium appearance in as many races for “The Thunder from Down Under.” 

New Mexico Kristin Armstrong turned in a dominating performance at the SRAM Tour of the Gila stage race in New Mexico, winning the overall classification by nearly 7 minutes. The Exergy team captain won four of five stages in the May 2-6 stage race, outclassing the competition in both road and TT events.

Armstrong, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, led the five-day race from start to finish. She came out swinging on Stage 1, a 151km race from Silver City to Mogollan, when she attacked on the final climb to Mogollon on her Felt F1 team bike. She rode solo to the line, gaining 2:18 on second-place Carmen Small.
France Argos-Shimano sprinter John Degenkolb scored his first two wins of the 2012 season at the Four Days of Dunkirk stage race in France. The 23-year-old German won Stages 1 and 2 of the May 4-8 race on his Felt F1 team bike, continuing his rise through the ranks as one of the sport's top young sprinters.

Degenkolb’s first win of the week came in the 170km Stage 2 from Dunkirk to Nord-pas-del-Calais. He joined an elite selection of 10 riders in the hilly closing kilometers, then blasted ahead at the finish line for the win. The German then repeated in the following day’s 180km race, extending his lead in the General Classification.