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Race Review - Time Trial

In the women's race - a 34 kilometer contest along the same stretch of road - Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) bested Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif.) and 34 other women to take home her first elite women's national time trial championship.

The defending champion in the road race, which earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2004, Armstrong clocked a time of 47:15.51 - a time that would have placed her in the top half of the men's field.

Armstrong was on target for a national title since mid-May when she posted the best time of American riders in each of three time trial stages at the Tour de l'Aude, a major international stage race in France. "I had a great ride in France and I've been holding on to the peak fitness for about five or six weeks," said Armstrong.

As an automatic qualifier for the world championships, Armstrong also credited a lack as pressure as a probable ally on Tuesday. Armstrong has already qualified for September's world championships based on her victory in the time trial at the Pan American Championships in April. "I think that I came here with a lot less pressure than the other girls because I already have a spot for worlds. I think that coming into any race without much pressure, you have an advantage."

Defending champion Christine Thorburn (Menlo Park, Calif.) also had a solid ride for third place posting a 48:29.61 behind Neben's 47:51.50. Grace Fleury (Winston Salem, N.C.) and former world champion Mari Holden (Colorado Springs, Colo.) completed the podium in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Pre-race favorite and three-time U.S. national time trial champion Kimberly Baldwin (Boulder, Colo.) unfortunately never got a chance to factor herself into the mix after suffering a mechanical mishap less that one kilometer into the race. Without mechanical support readily available, Baldwin was forced to abandon.

Run concurrently with the elite women, the U23 classification was won by Rebecca Much (Chicago, Ill.) A silver medalist in the junior world championships last year, Much rode a 50:24.20 in her first nationals after graduating from the junior ranks.

Shannon Koch (Flower Mound, Texas) was the junior women's champion with a time of 31:54.48 on the same 20 kilometer course as the junior men. Koch's performance also earns her an automatic nomination for the junior world championships in August.

Day two of the 12-day Park City Cycling Festival will feature the elite men's road race and the elite and U23 women's road race in Park City. Men will ride 125 miles and women 78 miles.


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Results - Time Trial  

Place Lastname Firstname Team Time
  Elite Women      
1 ARMSTRONG Kristin T Mobile 47:15.51
2 NEBEN Amber Buitenpoort/Flexpoint 47:51.50
3 THORBURN Christine Webcor Builders 48:29.61
4 FLEURY Grace Quark Cycling Team 49:43.37
5 HOLDEN Mari T Mobile 49:48.81
6 HULSER Kele Ford Basis 50:28.90
7 SANDERS Kristin JC Investors Cycling Team 50:43.92
8 SEEHAFER Kori T Mobile 51:04.23
9 DICKSON Catherine Bicycle Ranch 51:12.65
10 BLICKEM Candice Quark Cycling Team 51:27.89
11 HARPER Beverley Unattached 51:30.86
12 CARROLL Katharine Ford Basis 51:57.53
13 RUITER Chrissy Ford Basis 52:38.84
14 LION Alisha Ford Basis 53:07.75
15 OURADA Brooke T Mobile 53:30.92
16 DANIELSON Kristin Ford Basis 53:49.33
17 TILLLOTSON Sarah ABD Cycling Team 53:55.79
18 TRAPP Sima Subway Pro Cycling Team 54:11.09
19 DOWNEY Laura America's Dairyland 54:25.56
20 MERCER Irene Tamarack Resort 54:25.90
21 SAPP Merrill Landis/Trek/VW 54:33.60
22 BOESTER Kim Unattached 54:47.03
23 MILKOWSKI Anna Team Lipton 54:51.68
24 WILLIAMS Maggie Landis/Trek/VW 55:05.27
25 FALK Starr LGBRC/Easton/Specialized 55:19.09
26 TINGLEY Leah Team U.S. Armed Forces 56:46.69
  GAFFNEY Lauren Ford Basis DNS
  STRONG Darcie WWCC/Otopexy Records DNS
  LARSON Rebecca Colavita/Cooking Light DNS
  BALDWIN Kimberly T Mobile DNF





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