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Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is getting pins in her broken collarbone after crashing out of the Exergy Tour, a mishap that's put a question mark on her hopes of riding in the London Olympics.
Armstrong's surgery on Friday morning was to stabilize a mid-shaft clavicle fracture.
It's a common cycling injury, one riders can recover from quickly.
Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong suffered a similar injury in 2009 and was racing a month later.
Still, Kristin Armstrong's injury just before USA Cycling's June 15 announcement of the American Olympic team could complicate the selection committee's decision.
On Thursday, Tara Whitten led a Canadian sweep of the top three spots in the prologue.
The five-day race continues Friday with a 76.7-mile ride through wine country near the Snake River.
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Tara Whitten led a Canadian sweep of the first three spots in the Exergy Tour prologue Thursday after American gold medalist Kristin Armstrong fell and broke her left collarbone during the two-mile stage.
Armstrong, the last of 103 riders to start, fell hard at the turnaround, putting her London Olympic hopes in doubt.
Whitten, an experienced Canadian track rider, finished in 4...
Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is confident she can overcome her injury to earn a spot on the women's team for the London Olympics.
Armstrong crashed her bicycle Thursday night in Boise during the first stage of the Exergy Tour, a final tuneup for riders competing for slots on the American women's team.
She underwent surgery Friday and had pins installed in her...
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,...
Three American women are vying for two slots on the U.S. time trial team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Making the cut may come down to a five-day stage race in Boise starting Thursday.
Kristin Armstrong Savola, the 2008 Olympic time trial gold medalist, ex-world champion Amber Neben, and Evelyn Stevens, a Wall Street associate-turned-professional cyclist, will race at the Exergy...