Kristin Armstrong 'bummed' after finishing 35th in Olympic road race; preparing for time trial

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Boise cyclist Kristin Armstrong was "bummed" after she and her American teammates ended up medal-less in Sunday's Olympic women's road race.

Riding in heavy rains for much of the 86.9-mile race, Armstrong got caught behind one crash and was involved in another one en route to a 35th-place finish. American teammate Shelley Olds was part of the breakaway that produced the top three finishers, but she got a flat tire and was unable to catch back up to the lead group.

Marianne Vos of The Netherlands won the women's road race. Vos was one of the pre-race favorites to capture gold finished in 3 hours, 35 minutes and 29 seconds and bested the field of 66 riders.

Vos, Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead and Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya pulled away from the field with about 23 miles to go. Olds was with the leaders for a while, but was eventually dropped as the three leaders built up a lead of more than 40 seconds at times.

Armistead took the silver and Zabelinskaya took the bronze. Full race results are available here.

"I'm bummed. First getting caught up in a crash and then Shelley getting a flat tire while in the break. Shelley is a great sprinter and certainly would have medaled," Armstrong said, according to her husband Joe Savola in London.

Armstrong finished in 35th at 3:36.16. Olds finished seventh. Americans Evelyn Stevens and Amber Neben — the champion and runner-up, respectively, of the inaugural Exergy Tour in Idaho — finished 24th and 36th.

As for Armstrong, who fell on her left side and had another rider crash on top of her about two-thirds of the way through the race, the 2008 Olympic time trail gold medalist said she would be ready for Wednesday's time trial — her signature event.

"I'm looking forward to a little recovery and final preparations for the time trial," Armstrong said. "My elbow is a little sore, but I will be 100 percent for the time trial."

A cyclist near Armstrong fell and clipped Armstrong as she tried to pass on the left. Another cyclist rode into the fallen Armstrong and fell on top of her.

Armstrong, making her third Olympic appearance, fractured her left clavicle in the Exergy Tour in late May. But Sunday's fall did not appear to aggravate the injury.

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disappointing to know

US never challenged in this thing. Had several good opportunities, but the team was very lethargic

Fell on here left

side and another cyclist fell on top of her" this is considered a minor fall? tough sport!

Gee Mom,

when you're done with your fait accompli, maybe we can spend some time?
I mean before you're too old.