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Tara Whitten Leads Canadian Sweep, Armstrong Injured – 2012 Exergy Tour, Prologue

Tara Whitten on her way to setting the paceBoise, ID – Three-time world track champion Tara Whitten (Canada) of TIBCO – To The Top won the opening Prologue of the inaugural Exergy Tour today, 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.

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Canadian Sweep: Whitten, Carleton, & Hughes
Results – Prologue: Boise (ITT – 3.2km)
1. Tara Whitten (Can) Team TIBCO – To the Top – 0:04:09.64
2. Gillian Carleton (Can) Canadian National Team – 0:00:00.34
3. Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized-lululemon

Tara Whitten takes the first Exergy Tour Leaders Jersey
General Classification After Prologue
1. Tara Whitten (Can) Team TIBCO – To the Top – 0:04:09
2. Gillian Carleton (Can) Canadian National Team
3. Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized-lululemon – 0:00:01
4. Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Specialized-lululemon – 0:00:03
5. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized-lululemon
6. Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS
7. Shara Gillow (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS – 0:00:04
8. Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies – 0:00:06
9. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized-lululemon
10. Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized-lululemon – 0:00:07

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Photos: Leonard Basobas/LB Photos

Lenny B
Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.