Kristing Amrstrong takes the win, with Hughes and Stevens on the podium in second and third.
Exergy TWENTY12's Kristin Armstrong wins the Merco Cycling Classic Time Trial. Evelyn Stevens of Specialized lululemon takes 3rd.
Photo: Joe Savola
In Merced, California, it was a beautiful day in the California Central Valley. This was home for the Merco Cycling Classic Boosters Time Trial. It was Evelyn Stevens who was being chased down after having just won the Tour of New Zealand and beating the current World TT Champion Judth Arndt, Kristin Armstrong took a very convincing win over Canadian National TT Champion Clara Hughes and current U.S National TT Champion, Evelyn Stevens. Her time was 55 seconds faster than that of Clara Hughes. Exergy's Alison Tetrick finished a very strong 4th place, behind Specialized lululemon's Evelyn Stevens.
In an post-race interview, this is what Armstrong had to say: "Everything came together. I already know I'm on the best equipment out there and it was up to me to put in a solid winter of training and show up to time trials well prepared. I felt good today".
It was an extremely good race weekend for both of the Lezyne-sponsored teams of Specialized lululemon and Exergy TWENTY12, taking the entire podium for the women's TT opener. Keep it rockin' gals.