BEND, Ore. -- Reigning Olympic time trial champion Kristin Armstrong withdrew from the last two days of racing at the Cascade Cycling Classic in central Oregon to prepare for the London Olympics.
The Bulletin reports that Armstrong skipped Saturday's Downtown Twilight Criterium despite leading the five-stage race by more than two minutes after the completion of the first three stages. The race concludes Sunday.
Armstrong races for Exergy-TWENTY12, and team officials say criteriums on downtown streets can be dangerous with the high speeds and sharp turns with bunched riders. A crash could have knocked Armstrong out of the Olympics and prevented her from winning a second gold medal.
Armstrong suffered a broken collarbone May 24 when she crashed during a race in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.