rider Kristin Armstrong
built up some terrific momentum ahead of her run at the London Olympics, winning three consecutive stages
at the July 17-22 Cascade Cycling Classic
. Armstrong won the two time trial stages and a road stage before packing it in to prepare for her trip to London.
Armstrong, who suffered a broken collarbone in late May, proved that she’s back on track in her attempt to defend her gold medal
in the Olympic time trial event. In her first race back after the injury, she won the opening 4.5km prologue on her Felt DA
and then repeated her domination in the next day’s road race. In a show of strength, Armstrong bridged up to a breakaway group, then attacked on her own to win the hilly 123km McKenzie Pass Road Race.
Her teammate Andrea Dvorak
joined her on the podium (pictured)
with a third-place finish.
With the GC lead in hand, Armstrong attacked the next day’s time trial, a 25.8km out-and-back along the Crooked River in Prineville, Oregon. Once again, Armstrong was in a league of her own, posting a winning margin of 1:17.
Armstrong abandoned the race after Stage 3, heading home to Boise, Idaho, to get ready for her trip to London. Her teammates took over from there, with Theresa Cliff-Ryan finishing second
in the Stage 4 criterium.
The next day Exergy-TWENTY12 riders Kristin McGrath
and Cliff-Ryan finished first and second i
n the Stage 5 circuit race.
In men’s racing
at Cascade, Exergy rider Carlos Alzate
scored the highlight of the week when he sprinted to the win in Stage 4
on his Felt F1