Exergy Tour :: Canadians Sweep Prologue

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Three-time world track champion Tara Whitten (Canada) of TIBCO – To The Top won the opening Prologue of the inaugural Exergy Tour yesterday, finishing the two-mile (3.2-kilometer) course in downtown Boise in just over four minutes (4:09.64). It was an all-Canadian podium with Gillian Carleton of the Canadian National Team in second place, 34-hundredths of a second behind the leader, and Olympian Clara Hughes of Specialized-Lululemon in third at 4:09:98.

Kristin Armstrong, team leader of Exergy Twenty12 professional cycling team and pre-race favorite, crashed at the halfway point of the Prologue course in the 180-degree turn just beyond the Boise Train Depot. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist finished the race in obvious pain, and holding her left shoulder, just eight seconds behind the winner for 13th place.

According to Jim Johnston, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon of St. Luke’s Sports Medicine, Armstrong has a mid-shaft clavicle fracture. Surgery is scheduled for Friday morning forcing Armstrong to withdraw from competition. The Exergy Twenty12 team issued a statement saying a swift recovery is expected, and she plans to be back on her trainer within a few days to continue her pursuit of another Olympic gold medal.

The Exergy Tour kicked off with thousands of spectators lining the downtown course, which had views of the state Capitol building, foothills and Boise River. The loudest roar of the crowd was heard at 8:13 p.m. (Mountain Time) when Armstrong, a Boise native, set off down the time trial ramp. The race featured 103 riders in the Prologue today representing 16 professional teams, including six of the top 11 teams in the world.

“My team has had quite a bit of interaction with the city (of Boise),” said Whitten, whose team discovered 14 of its bicycles and other equipment had been stolen early Wednesday morning. Within hours, the Boise Police Department had recovered the team’s equipment, avoiding a disasterous situation. “(It was an) incredible effort people put forward. Police were cheering for us which was extra incentive. They were admiring the bikes that they had recovered.”

The 2012 Exergy Tour continues Friday, May 25 with Stage 1 in Nampa, Idaho. This 76.7-mile (123.5 kilometer) road race features 1,800 feet of climbing through the hills and vineyards by the Snake River. The stage will begin in downtown Nampa at 11 a.m. MT and is expected to finish at 2:30 p.m. The race can be followed daily via Tour Tracker®, with live Web coverage and free downloads available for iPhones, iPads, Android devices.

For race results and more information, please visit www.ExergyTour.com.

1. 102 WHITTEN Tara Team Tibco – To the Top TIB CAN .04’09”
2. 114 CARLETON Gillian Canadian National Team CAN CAN .04’09”
3. 32 HUGHES Clara Team Specialized-lululemon SLU CAN .04’10” 1″
4. 33 TEUTENBERG Ina Yoko Team Specialized-lululemon SLU GER .04’12” 3″
5. 31 STEVENS Evelyn Team Specialized-lululemon SLU USA .04’12” …
6. 131 POWERS Alison NOW and Novartis for MS NOW USA .04’12” …
7. 42 GILLOW Shara GreenEdge-AIS GEW AUS .04’13” 4″
8. 126 WILCOXSON Jade Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC USA .04’15” 6″
9. 36 WORRACK Trixi Team Specialized-lululemon SLU GER .04’15” …
10. 34 NEBEN Amber Team Specialized-lululemon SLU USA .04’16” 7″
11. 73 NEYLAN Rachel ABUS Nutrixxion NXX AUS .04’17” 8″
12. 116 BROWN Laura Canadian National Team CAN CAN .04’17” …
13. 11 ARMSTRONG Kristin Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’17” …
14. 101 GUARNIER Megan Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’19” 10″
15. 121 HOLCOMB Janel Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC USA .04’20” 11″
16. 13 CROWELL Jacquelyn Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’20” …
17. 105 HALL Lauren Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’21” 12″
18. 46 CROMWELL Tiffany GreenEdge-AIS GEW AUS .04’21” …
19. 127 ALBRECHT Lex Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC CAN .04’22” 13″
20. 123 KIRCHMANN Leah Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC CAN .04’22” …
21. 37 FAHLIN Emilia Team Specialized-lululemon SLU SWE .04’22” …
22. 113 GLAESSER Jasmin Canadian National Team CAN CAN .04’22” …
23. 17 SHAW Rhae-Christie Exergy Twenty12 EXG CAN .04’22” …
24. 35 ROWNEY Loren Team Specialized-lululemon SLU AUS .04’22” …
25. 63 SAARELAINEN Sari Forno D’Asolo Colavita FCL FIN .04’23” 14″
26. 44 RHODES Alexis GreenEdge-AIS GEW AUS .04’24” 15″
27. 15 MCGRATH Kristin Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’24” …
28. 124 SMALL Carmen Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC USA .04’24” …
29. 106 WHEELER Jennifer Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’25” 16″
30. 115 ROORDA Stephanie Canadian National Team CAN CAN .04’25” …
31. 133 FARINA Robin NOW and Novartis for MS NOW USA .04’25” …
32. 45 MACLEAN Jessie GreenEdge-AIS GEW AUS .04’25” …
33. 18 WILES Tayler Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’26” 17″
34. 111 BEVERIDGE Julie Canadian National Team CAN CAN .04’26” …
35. 132 DILLON Olivia NOW and Novartis for MS NOW IRL .04’26” …
36. 147 CALLE Maria-Luisa EspnW Pro Cycling ESW COL .04’26” …
37. 16 TETRICK Alison Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’27” 18″
38. 103 MILLER Amanda Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’27” …
39. 134 GOKEY-SMITH Christina NOW and Novartis for MS NOW USA .04’27” …
40. 12 CLIFF-RYAN Theresa Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’28” 19″
41. 3 CILVINAITE Inga Diadora-Pasta Zara DPZ LTU .04’28” …
42. 85 SCHREURS Gerrike Sengers Ladies Cycling Team SLT NED .04’29” 20″
43. 138 SAMPLONIUS Anne NOW and Novartis for MS NOW CAN .04’30” 21″
44. 2 BATAGELJ Polona Diadora-Pasta Zara DPZ SLO .04’31” 22″
45. 143 DINKINS-BOOKWALTER Jamie EspnW Pro Cycling ESW USA .04’31” …
46. 153 WERNER Rebecca Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR AUS .04’31” …
47. 135 GORRY Devon NOW and Novartis for MS NOW USA .04’31” …
48. 75 SCHNITZMEIER Ana Bianca ABUS Nutrixxion NXX GER .04’31” …
49. 151 KACHOREK Emily Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR USA .04’32” 23″
50. 55 DRUYTS Kelly Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 VLL BEL .04’32” …
51. 122 NUMAINVILLE Joelle Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC CAN .04’32” …
52. 107 MYERS Lindsay Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’32” …
53. 54 D’HOORE Jolien Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 VLL BEL .04’33” 24″
54. 14 DVORAK Andrea Exergy Twenty12 EXG USA .04’33” …
55. 72 MACKIE Emma ABUS Nutrixxion NXX AUS .04’33” …
56. 137 NEWELL Elizabeth NOW and Novartis for MS NOW USA .04’34” 25″
57. 43 FRY Rowena GreenEdge-AIS GEW AUS .04’34” …
58. 41 HÄUSLER Claudia GreenEdge-AIS GEW GER .04’35” 26″
59. 104 PURCELL Jennifer Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’35” …
60. 157 KURTH Jackie Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR USA .04’36” 27″
61. 21 COOKE Nicole Faren Honda Team FHT GBR .04’36” …
62. 51 POLSPOEL Maaike Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 VLL BEL .04’36” …
63. 62 GAGGIOLI Whitney Forno D’Asolo Colavita FCL USA .04’36” …
64. 148 ZIDER Mary EspnW Pro Cycling ESW USA .04’37” 28″
65. 142 CARON Joanie EspnW Pro Cycling ESW CAN .04’37” …
66. 128 LOWE Courteney Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC NZL .04’38” 29″
67. 112 CANUEL Karol-Ann Canadian National Team CAN CAN .04’38” …
68. 155 WEINBRECHT Jen Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR USA .04’39” 30″
69. 74 JÖHREND Marlen ABUS Nutrixxion NXX GER .04’39” …
70. 136 ALBERSHARDT Addyson NOW and Novartis for MS NOW USA .04’39” …
71. 38 STACHER Ally Team Specialized-lululemon SLU USA .04’39” …
72. 152 LASASSO Kristen Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR USA .04’39” …
73. 52 BELMANS Els Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 VLL BEL .04’40” 31″
74. 5 PIERCE Amber Diadora-Pasta Zara DPZ USA .04’40” …
75. 156 SANDERS Anna Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR USA .04’41” 32″
76. 65 RACCHETTO Liza Forno D’Asolo Colavita FCL USA .04’41” …
77. 4 D’ETTORRE Alessandra Diadora-Pasta Zara DPZ ITA .04’41” …
78. 144 GULOIEN Leah EspnW Pro Cycling ESW CAN .04’41” …
79. 141 BERTINE Kathryn EspnW Pro Cycling ESW SKN .04’42” 33″
80. 125 RAMSDEN Denise Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPC CAN .04’42” …
81. 22 LUPERINI Fabiana Faren Honda Team FHT ITA .04’42” …
82. 61 OLIVEIRA Flavia Forno D’Asolo Colavita FCL BRA .04’42” …
83. 154 WELSH Alisha Primal/MapMyRide p/b BH Bikes Pro Women’s racing PMR USA .04’43” 34″
84. 53 BEYEN Ine Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 VLL BEL .04’44” 35″
85. 24 GILMORE Rochelle Faren Honda Team FHT AUS .04’44” …
86. 91 HSIAO Mei Yu Axman Team Taiwan ATT TPE .04’44” …
87. 1 BRONZINI Giorgia Diadora-Pasta Zara DPZ ITA .04’46” 37″
88. 64 UEBELHART Jessica Forno D’Asolo Colavita FCL SUI .04’47” 38″
89. 145 MACGREGOR Moriah EspnW Pro Cycling ESW CAN .04’47” …
90. 108 RYAN Kendall Team Tibco – To the Top TIB USA .04’47” …
91. 26 NADALUTTI Chiara Faren Honda Team FHT ITA .04’48” 39″
92. 71 GOSS Belinda ABUS Nutrixxion NXX AUS .04’51” 42″
93. 92 HUANG Ho Hsun Axman Team Taiwan ATT TPE .04’52” 43″
94. 81 BUYL Kimberly Sengers Ladies Cycling Team SLT BEL .04’53” 44″
95. 146 DONOVAN Kathryn EspnW Pro Cycling ESW USA .04’53” …
96. 23 HOHL Jennifer Faren Honda Team FHT SUI .04’55” 46″
97. 25 GALLOWAY Myfanwy Faren Honda Team FHT AUS .04’57” 48″
98. 84 ROCKX Anouk Sengers Ladies Cycling Team SLT NED .04’58” 49″
99. 94 LEE Yu Hsuan Axman Team Taiwan ATT TPE .05’01” 52″
100. 93 TSENG Hsiao Chia Axman Team Taiwan ATT TPE .05’02” 53″
101. 83 VAN SEVEREN Celine Sengers Ladies Cycling Team SLT BEL .05’03” 54″
102. 82 DE NYS Sofie Sengers Ladies Cycling Team SLT BEL .05’06” 57″
103. 95 LIN Chia Hui Axman Team Taiwan ATT TPE .05’15” 1’06”