Armstrong Victorious in Solvang

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Solvang, California – Peanut Butter & Co. racer Kristin Armstrong claimed the victory at the Women’s International Time Trial Challenge in Solvang.  Armstrong, the reigning Olympic TT Champion and two-time World TT Champion, bested the elite women’s field over the challenging 24.1 km circuit.  The win is her second time trial victory since her return from retirement this year.  
The inaugural Women’s International Time Trial Challenge in Solvang is a component of the Amgen Tour of California that features female racers on the grandest stage of North American racing.  Organizers invited 13 of the fastest women time trialists in the world to contest the event on legendary Solvang time trial course.  Armstrong covered the course in a blistering time of 34:29.
“It hurt really bad but I always tell people that if you’re hurting so is everyone else, and you just have to keep digging through and don’t get discouraged,” Armstrong said after the race. “I took my own advice today. I just kept on digging and digging and digging.”
Armstrong rode her DA to the fastest intermediate time check at the climb halfway through the course and held the lead to the finish.  Armstrong beat 2008 World TT Champion Amber Neben and current World TT Champion Emma Pooley by 13 and 48 seconds respectively.  Armstrong is showing good form with the win in Solvang and her dominating performance at the Sea Otter Classic Stage Race last month.