Ah, the prologue. Who knew there could be so much drama in a two-mile event?
Thursday's opener of the Exergy Tour may have only been a mere four minutes of effort, but the race was enormously consequential. Olympic gold medalist and race favorite Kristin Armstrong (Team Exergy TWENTY12) went down in a nasty crash at the turn around, shocking competitors and spectators.
With her typical grit and tenacity, Armstrong continued on and finished 11th despite spending over 10 seconds down on the pavement. With the door left open by Armstrong's mishap, the podium was swept by Canadian superstars Tara Whitten (TIBCO-To The Top), Gillian Carleton (Canadian National Team) and Clara Hughes (Specialized-Lululemon), respectively.
We later heard the sad news that Armstrong had to abandon the Exergy Tour to have surgery on her broken collarbone. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to Kristin and her team.
As for Team Colavita, our eight riders are holding their own against women's cycling's talented international powerhouses. Colombian guest rider Maria-Luisa Calle put in a strong showing, finishing 36th, just 16 seconds behind Whitten. Former collegiate mountain bike standout Jamie Dinkins-Bookwalter also put in a stellar day, finishing 45th overall in a field of 103 riders separated just 1:05. Team Colavita is currently ranked ninth out of the 16 international teams.
Check back Friday for an update on Stage 1, a grueling 76.7-mile course near Idaho's Snake River. You can also click herefollow the action live here.