Evelyn Stevens chalks up stage win in France

Anderson inherits race lead from teammate

Evelyn Stevens has continued her dramatic rise towards the top of women's cycling after claiming stage four of the Route de France. Riding in France with the US National Team, Stevens out-sprinted Kim Anderson (Columbia-HTC) to the finishline of stage four in St. Pourcain.

Despite missing the stage victory, Anderson was the recipient of her first ever race leader's jersey as the duo finished 2:12 ahead of Monia Baccaille (Gauss RDZ Ormu – Colnago). Stevens also moved up into second place overall.

Anderson succeeded teammate Ina-Yoko Teutenberg as overall leader of the six-day race after forming part of a 10-rider break that gained up to 28 minutes on the peloton. Stevens launched her attack in the final 30 kilometres of the stage with Anderson the only rider able to catch her, 2.5 kilometres before the finish.

"I'm really excited and pleased about how the day worked out," Anderson said afterwards. "I chased down an attack and then there were 10 of us ahead, and for some reason the bunch just didn't chase behind. Our lead grew really fast, about half of the break was working well, and then when Evelyn attacked I had to chase very hard to get her back. I didn't get the stage win, but taking a race lead for the first time ever in my career is really important."

Anderson admitted that she would have to mark Stevens as she seeks to defend her race lead on Friday's 137-kilometre stage five from Blanzat to Chatelguyon.

"It's true that tomorrow is a tough stage, but we've got a strong team here and we'll do everything we can to keep it all under control," said Anderson. "I will have to watch Evelyn very closely but I'm very confident in my teammates. I'll do my best to make sure it all works out."

Full Results
1Evelyn Stevens (USA) US National Team4:01:05 
2Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-HTC  
3Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:02:12 
4Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi  
5Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:03:14 
6Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
7Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:05:01 
8Magali Mocquery (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:06:15 
9Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
10Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia  
11Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:12:18 
12Flavia M. Oliveira (USA) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
13Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:28:29 
14Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs  
15Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
16Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
17Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
18Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
19Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs  
20Ally Stacher (USA) US National Team  
21Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion  
22Carmen McNellis (USA) US National Team  
23Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
24Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs  
25Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs  
26Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
27Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs  
28Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion  
29Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
30Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
31Kristin McGrath (USA) US National Team  
32Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
33Nathalie Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
34Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
35Florence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
36Alison Starnes (USA) US National Team  
37Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion  
38Serena Mensa (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
39Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
40Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
41Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
42Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
43Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
44Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia  
45Audrey Lemieux (Can) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion  
46Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia  
47Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi  
48Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
49Romy Kasper (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
50Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi  
51Jenifer Letue (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion  
52Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC  
53Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC  
54Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
55Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
56Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi  
57Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
58Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
59Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi  
60Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
61Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
62Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi  
63Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
64Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia-HTC  
65Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
66Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC  
67Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
68Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC  
DNFSamantha Galassi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
DNFOxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
DNFClemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
DNFAlexis Rhodes (Aus) Australia  
DNFLindsay Myers (USA) US National Team  
General classification after stage 4
1Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-HTC10:22:02 
2Evelyn Stevens (USA) US National Team0:01:19 
3Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:03:19 
4Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:03:43 
5Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:04:39 
6Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:05:54 
7Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:06:00 
8Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia0:08:37 
9Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:08:50 
10Magali Mocquery (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:11:42 
11Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:12:54 
12Flavia M. Oliveira (USA) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:14:34 
13Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC0:27:38 
14Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:27:43 
15Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:27:48 
16Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:27:51 
17Kristin McGrath (USA) US National Team0:28:15 
18Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:28:19 
19Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:28:23 
20Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:28:24 
21Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:28:36 
22Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC0:28:39 
23Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia0:28:43 
24Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:28:48 
25Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC0:28:49 
26Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:28:51 
27Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs0:28:54 
28Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC0:29:09 
29Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
30Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:29:14 
31Carmen McNellis (USA) US National Team0:29:19 
32Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:29:26 
33Audrey Lemieux (Can) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:29:41 
34Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:29:45 
35Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:29:50 
36Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia  
37Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
38Alison Starnes (USA) US National Team0:29:51 
39Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:29:52 
40Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:30:05 
41Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:30:07 
42Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:30:09 
43Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs0:30:10 
44Romy Kasper (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
45Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:30:13 
46Nathalie Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:30:25 
47Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:30:29 
48Ally Stacher (USA) US National Team  
49Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:30:33 
50Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:30:39 
51Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:30:40 
52Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:30:44 
53Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia-HTC0:30:46 
54Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs0:30:56 
55Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:31:02 
56Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:31:11 
57Jenifer Letue (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:31:22 
58Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:31:49 
59Serena Mensa (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:31:51 
60Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:31:54 
61Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:31:58 
62Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs0:31:59 
63Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:32:05 
64Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs0:32:12 
65Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:33:08 
66Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:34:28 
67Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:34:40 
68Florence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:49:12 
Young rider classification
1Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo10:30:52 
2Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:04:04 
3Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:18:53 
4Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC0:19:49 
5Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:20:19 
6Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:21:00 
7Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia  
8Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
9Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:21:02 
10Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:21:15 
11Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:21:17 
12Romy Kasper (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:21:20 
13Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:21:23 
14Ally Stacher (USA) US National Team0:21:39 
15Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:22:21 
16Jenifer Letue (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:22:32 
17Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:22:59 
18Serena Mensa (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:23:01 
19Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:24:18 
20Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi0:25:38 
Teams classification
1SELLE ITALIA GHEZZI31:43:47 
2S.C. MICHELA FANINI RECORD ROX0:08:51 
3TEAM COLUMBIA - HTC WOMEN0:18:24 
4US NATIONAL TEAM0:19:58 
5GAUSS RDZ ORMU - COLNAGO0:21:52 
6SAFI -PASTA ZARA TITANEDI0:22:58 
7AUSTRALIA NATIONAL TEAM0:25:07 
8USC CHIRIO FORNO D'ASOLO0:28:53 
9VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE0:29:01 
10ESGL0:34:41 
11LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM0:49:20 
12EQUIPE NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG0:50:40 
13FENIXS0:52:08 

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