Friday, May 25, 2012

Exergy Tour: Kristin Armstrong Cheers Teammate Cliff-Ryan to Friday's Victory

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Theresa Cliff-Ryan wins Fridays Exergy Tour stage.

Kristin Armstrong was at the finish line of today's Stage 1 of the Exergy Tour—a punishing 77-mile race through Canyon County's hills and vineyards. But Armstrong was in her civilian clothes. Following last night's crash at the Prologue race and this morning's surgery for a broken clavicle, Armstrong made a point of coming out to cheer on her ExergyTwenty12 teammates.

It must have worked. Her colleague Theresa Cliff-Ryan won Friday's stage, followed by Germany's Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Australia's Rochelle Gilmore.

Teutenberg, with combined times from the May 24 and Friday races, claimed the yellow jersey as the overall leader, to date, for the five-day event.

Theresa Cliff-Ryan (center) won Friday's Stage 1 of Exergy Tour, Ina Yoko Teutenberg (right) came in second, and Rochelle Gilmore (left) came in third.
  • George Prentice
  • Theresa Cliff-Ryan (center) won Friday's Stage 1 of Exergy Tour, Ina Yoko Teutenberg (right) came in second, and Rochelle Gilmore (left) came in third.

Approximately 30 of the more than 100 cyclists are expected to compete for their nations in this summer's Olympic Games in London. During today's three-hour, 40-minute race, officials said viewers from 74 nations followed the competition online via Exergy's Tour Tracker website.

Armstrong made a point of saying that her doctors cautioned her to wait a week before hopping back on a bicycle in her quest to make the U.S. Olympic team, but she also said she would "split the difference" and be back in the saddle as early as a day or two.

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