Monterey, California – Peanut Butter & CO. TWENTY 12 rider Kristin Armstrong dominated the four day Sea Otter Classic Stage Race, taking three consecutive stage wins en route to the overall victory. The former World Champion, who is returning to racing after a brief hiatus, was the class of the field in Monterey, taking the overall omnium win by a substantial margin.
Armstrong, not typically, known as a sprinter, was able to take the Stage 1 criterium in the field sprint. The slight uphill finish rewarded the strongest riders, and Armstrong was able to stay on the gas long enough to pull off the victory. Teammate Coryn Rivera took third on the stage.
The Stage 2 road race was contested on the hilly and exposed roads around Monterey. Armstrong was able to break away from the field after a huge pull by teammate Alisha Welsh. Armstrong soloed away from the field on a prodigious effort. At the end of the day, she put over three minutes between herself and second place, and had an enormous point lead going into the final two stages.
Armstrong, one of the fastest time trialists in the world, was on her game for the Stage 3 individual time trial. She was again victorious, and was the only woman to go under 19 minutes. Armstrong finished with a 42 second margin over second place, and consolidated her points lead. With the points she earned, Armstrong all but assured herself of the overall victory heading into the final stage.
Peanut Butter & CO. TWENTY12 protected Armstrong in the Stage 4 circuit race around the historic Laguna Seca Raceway. Armstrong comfortably finished with the lead pack, securing both the overall victory as well as gaining the Queen of the Mountains point classification.