Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 28, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Oh, the drama! Nibali takes stage win, Kruijswijk crashes, plummets to third overall as Chaves moves into pink at Giro d’Italia; Devenyns wins stage and takes Baloise Belgium Tour lead; Two years after devastating injury, Taylor Phinney wins US national time trial championship; Carmen Small wins US time trial championship; Grzegorz Stepniak wins first stage of Tour of Estonia; Kimmage loses libel case to Verbruggen; Pendleton speaks out about corrosive British Cycling culture; Sky to continue sponsorships of cycling; Armitstead admits difficulty in overcoming past crashes; Chaves finds challenges come with the Maglia Rosa; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass, Giro stage 18; Women’s Amgen Tour of California onboard highlights

Carmen Small wins US time trial championship

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Carmen Small (Cervélo-Bigla) won the US national time trial championship by 23 seconds over Amber Neben (Bepink) and more than a minute over defending champion Kristen Armstrong (TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air).

While by no means a surprise win for Small, who both won the TT national championships and took third at the world championships in 2013, the expectation was that Armstrong would be tough to beat as she contends for a spot on the Rio Olympic team.

“I’m so stoked right now,” Small said. “It’s unbelievable. All that hard work over the winter and the spring, has paid off.”

“I was more stressed out than I ever was in my life coming into this race. I was more nervous than I was at World Championships. I had the best preparation coming here. I had time at home to spend with family and my cats and was relaxed for a while. I had good training at home in Durango.”

“I had a very specific strategy. It was a hard course so I didn’t want to go in the red and had to be patient and carry that speed into the next climb. I talked a lot with my coach about how to ride the course. I had the plan in my head the whole time. It couldn’t have gone more perfect.”

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