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Back 6.20.2011

Back-to-back for Brownlee, Threepeat for Findlay, Armstrong hangs tough

Zipp athletes Alistair Brownlee and Paula Findlay are on fire.  Two weeks ago, the pair took, respectively, the top spots on the Men's and Women's podiums at the WCS race in Madrid.  Yesterday, the pair did the same thing at the WCS race in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Brownlee is known as a runner.  So when his competitors want to beat him, they need to punish him on the bike.  But it wasn't happening in Kitzbühel .  Riding the Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubulars, Brownlee actually rode away from the pack, coming into transition with a full 30 seconds of lead over the chasers.  At that point, it was virtually game over.  Brownlee looked calm, and quite relaxed as he ran his blistering 10k in just 31 minutes to take the win.

On the women's side, Findlay has been unbeatable in 2011.  Her race in Kitzbühel was a war of attrition.  Findlay exited the water and got onto the bike with the main pack of racers - just two leaders had a jump on the group.  There, she rode calmly with the group, on her Zipp 303 Tubular wheels and SRAM RED components.  Onto the run, she led a group of four into the overall lead, dropping runners one by one in the last kilometers to take the lead and finish with daylight behind her.

Back in the States, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristen Armstrong showed off the true colors of a champion by hanging tough at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.  Armstrong, just off the heels of her win at the Mount Hood Cycling Classic two weeks ago, took the opening uphill time trial.  Despite the steep grade of the TT,  Armstrong chose the Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubulars for her winning ride.  She sat pretty in Yellow until the end of Stage 4, when Armstrong wound up at the bottom of a 39-rider crash.  Despite the cuts and bruises, Armstrong demonstrated some serious mettle by returning to Stage 5 to defend the jersey.  She slipped to fourth, but came back again on Stage 6, flying to the finish with an elite group of 11 riders, fighting her way back into third place overall, and onto the podium.