Stevens wins Exergy Tour, stakes claim to Olympic berth

Stevens (right), poses with teammate Laura Rowney.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 6:30 AM

BOISE -- Evelyn Stevens won the Exergy Tour following a final-stage breakaway, firmly cementing her claim to a berth on the U.S. Olympic team for the London Games.

Stevens, of Boulder, Colo., took second place in a sprint with Germany's Claudia Haeusler after the 46.7-mile stage.

But the 29-year-old Stevens finished far enough ahead of the pack to beat American Amber Neben for the overall title.

Stevens is a former Wall Street associate who bought her first racing bike in 2008 before emerging as a cycling phenomenon.

The race had been anticipated as a showdown between three U.S. women: Stevens, the 2011 U.S. time trial champ; Neben, the 2008 world champion; and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, from Boise.

But Armstrong crashed on the first day, suffering a broken collarbone.

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