— 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.
Team support and tactics helped Armstrong take another win on Stage 2, and the following day she crushed the hopes of her rivals in the Stage 3 time trial. Armstrong hammered her Felt DA
to a dominating victory on the 26.6km course, winning by more than 2 minutes.
That TT victory was the latest sign that Armstrong is on target for her goal of the 2012 London Olympic
s. The 2009 World Champ
retired to start a family two years ago and is now returning to the top of the ranks.
Armstrong wasn't the only winner from the Exergy team in New Mexico. On the final Gila Monster stage, the team worked to help 23-year-old Tayler Willes
snatch the overall win
in the Young Rider Classification.
Their plan worked to perfection as Willes made a late-race break to gain enough time to take over the lead while Armstrong soloed to the line for her fourth stage win.