Exergy TWENTY12′s Kristin Armstrong wins the Merco Cycling Classic Time Trial. Evelyn Stevens of Specialized lululemon takes 3rd.
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.
February 2nd, Doha, Qatar - Trixi Worrack took the first UCI Stage win for 2012 for Specialized-lululemon on Thursday, winning the second stage of Tour of Qatar from a two person break.
Worrack, who also made the break of the day on Wednesday in Stage One, was able to make the break again in the famous cross-winds that make the Tour of Qatar what it is.
“I’m really happy with the way the team raced today,” said Team Director Jens Zemke. “Yesterday we had three in the break but made some tactical errors, but today they made up for it.”
The Specialized-lululemon women along with the Green Edge team forced the race into the gutter from the stage start with the winning break escaping from the front group with 15km remaining in the race. Worrack and Judith Arndt went away with Adrie Visser and Kirsten Wild but were able to drop them with 12km to go and arrive at thefinish line for a two-up spring. Worrack won from Arndt and now sits in second place overall behind Arndt with one stage remaining.
“I’m really happy to win a stage here in my first race with Specialized-lululemon,” said Worrack. “It’s hard and fun racing here and we’re really enjoying racing together.”
Worrack’s team-mate, Chloe Hosking wears the Best Young Rider’s jersey and Specialized-lululemon leads the team classification.
Specialized Lululemon Racing Team Ride With LEZYNE in 2012
San Luis Obispo, CA – Lezyne is proud to continue its commitment to professional women’s cycling by sponsoring the newly formed Specialized-lululemon team.
Last October, Velocio Sports announced that the extremely dominant HTC-Highroad women’s team would continue in 2012 with new management and new title sponsors: Specialized Bicycle Company and lululemon athletica. This new dream team is made up of several current and former national champions, an Olympic gold medalist, and a several promising young athletes that are destined to be a driving force in the women’s peloton.
Returning members of the team include current German national road race champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, U.S. national time trial champion Evelyn Stevens, and former world time trial champion Amber Neban (USA). Velocio Sports Director, Kristy Scrymgeour and team manager, Ronny Lauke will use their extensive experience and success from Highroad Sports to lead this team to success.
“The team is made up of immensely strong women who also happen to have sterling careers to back them up,” says Lezyne Marketing Manager Patrick Ribera-McKay. “Lezyne is more than happy to partner with an industry standard and truly valued group of women such as these. Just as Lezyne is pushing at the forefront of product design and engineering, these women are pushing not only cycling in general, but women’s cycling forward at such a spectacular pace that we are simply trying to keep up. With a shared passion for perfection and a keen eye out for cycling and it’s future, Lezyne is extremely proud to be a partner of Specialized-Lululemon and the amazing women that encompass it.”
Lezyne’s Marketing team was in Carlsbad, California last December for the team’s winter training camp. There, Lezyne had the opportunity to sit down and interview some of the riders and get an inside look at the women who make up this amazing team. This overview video is the first of three videos that Lezyne captured at the camp.
The team wasted no time getting its first wins under its belt in 2012. On January 1st, Australian Chloe Hosking won the first round of the Jayco Bay Series in Geelong Australia. This was quickly followed the next day by teammate Loren Rawney, who took the first win of her professional cycling career at the second round of the Jayco Bay Series.
The Team will be riding with Lezyne hand pumps, multi-tools, tire repair, organizers, and saddle bags. The Team’s mechanics will use Lezyne floor pumps and shop tools.
To learn more about the Team click on the following links: