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Evelyn Stevens chalks up stage win in France

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Stage podium : Monica Baccaille (Michela Fanini), Evelyn Stevens (USA) and Kim Anderson (Team Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Team Columbia-HTC's race leader, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg with team-mate, Chantal Beltman. The GC lead would pass to another team-mate by the end of the stage - Kim Anderson

Team Columbia-HTC's race leader, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg with team-mate, Chantal Beltman. The GC lead would pass to another team-mate by the end of the stage - Kim Anderson (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Kim Anderson (Team-Columbia-HTC) follows the wheel of Monica Baccaille (Michela Fanini) during the breakaway

Kim Anderson (Team-Columbia-HTC) follows the wheel of Monica Baccaille (Michela Fanini) during the breakaway (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Evelyn Stevens (USA) grits her teeth after her attack and solo escape in the final 30km

Evelyn Stevens (USA) grits her teeth after her attack and solo escape in the final 30km (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The Americans battle for the win in St Pourcain sur Sioule. The stage was won by Stevens (USA), whilst Anderson (Team Columbia-HTC) moved into the overall lead

The Americans battle for the win in St Pourcain sur Sioule. The stage was won by Stevens (USA), whilst Anderson (Team Columbia-HTC) moved into the overall lead (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The Americans battle for the win in St Pourcain sur Sioule. The stage was won by Stevens (USA), whilst Anderson (Team Columbia-HTC) moved into the overall lead

The Americans battle for the win in St Pourcain sur Sioule. The stage was won by Stevens (USA), whilst Anderson (Team Columbia-HTC) moved into the overall lead (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)

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.

"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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