Bend, Oregon -- Exergy TWENTY12
rider Kristin Armstrong
got off to a strong start in the 33rd Cascade Cycling Classic
, winning Tuesday’s 4.5km prologue on her Felt DA
. In her first race back after she suffered a broken collarbone in late May, Armstrong sent a clear signal that she’s on track for her goal of defending the gold medal at the upcoming London Olympics.
The six-day Cascade Classic, which takes riders through the mountains of central Oregon, got started on a hilly 4.5km prologue course. Armstrong’s time of 5:24 put her in a league of her own against the competition. Alison Powers finished second, and Armstrong’s teammate, Jackie Crowell
, was third.
Even with her dominating time, Armstrong said she was riding conservatively.
“There’s no need to take any risks just two weeks out from the Olympic Games,” she told Cyclingnews.com. “My number one goal here is to gain the last piece of fitness before London and come out safe.”
The Cascade Cycling Classic continues through Sunday.