BOISE -- Team Exergy Twenty12 picked up a big win today on the second day of the team's namesake race.
Cyclist Theresa Cliff-Ryan won the first stage of the Exergy Tour on Friday, beating-out German sprinter Ina Yoko Teutenberg.
Cliff-Ryan covered the rainy 76.7-mile stage, which wound through the countryside near southern Idaho's Snake River, in 3 hours, 16 minutes.
Australian Rochelle Gilmore was third.
Teutenberg, a German Olympian from 2000 hoping to compete in the London Games this summer, takes the five-day race's overall lead.
Cliff-Ryan told KTVB that Exergy Team Twenty12 worked extra hard for the win in the face of the devastating crash that took lead rider Kristin Armstrong out of the tour Thursday night.
"Last night was a big let-down," Cliff-Ryan said. "To come out here today, ride as a team, to get a few girls in the moves, ride a few moves, it's an amazing feeling."
Teammate Kristin McGrath echoed that sentiment. "We got a little extra strength, and little extra motivation from Kristin," McGrath said.
Armstrong had surgery Friday, but arrived in Nampa in time to see Cliff-Ryan win.
Italian world champion Giorgia Bronzini fell near the finish Friday, but suffered only minor injuries.
Bronzini is coming off a shoulder injury.