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Stevens wins Tour of California time trial

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Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
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Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans)

Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans)
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Former world champion against the clock, Amber Neben (Visit Dallas-Noise 4 Good)

Former world champion against the clock, Amber Neben (Visit Dallas-Noise 4 Good)
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Dame Sarah Storey riding to 14th place

Dame Sarah Storey riding to 14th place
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Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) riding to victory

Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) riding to victory
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) putting in a fast time

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) putting in a fast time (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Kristin Armstrong (Twenty 16) riding to third place today

Kristin Armstrong (Twenty 16) riding to third place today (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Taylor Wiles (Velocio) rode to fifth place today

Taylor Wiles (Velocio) rode to fifth place today (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolman) sets up for one of the tight turns

Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolman) sets up for one of the tight turns (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare) put in a strong ride for seventh place

Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare) put in a strong ride for seventh place (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) during her winning ride

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) during her winning ride (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) showed off her world champion colours today

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) showed off her world champion colours today (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Carmen Small (Twenty 16) leaves the start house in front of a strong crowd

Carmen Small (Twenty 16) leaves the start house in front of a strong crowd (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) leaves the start as fans cheer

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) leaves the start as fans cheer (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Alison Tetrick (Optum) on the way to the finish

Alison Tetrick (Optum) on the way to the finish (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Carmen Small (Twenty 16) came to the TT after garnering a medal at the recent Pan Am games

Carmen Small (Twenty 16) came to the TT after garnering a medal at the recent Pan Am games (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The top three women for todays TT

The top three women for todays TT (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) takes home a special trophy for todays win

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) takes home a special trophy for todays win (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Today's top three women

Today's top three women (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Rae Shaw (BMW) ready to go for todays TT

Rae Shaw (BMW) ready to go for todays TT (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Laura Brown (UnitedHealthcare) and teammate Linda Villumsen warming up

Laura Brown (UnitedHealthcare) and teammate Linda Villumsen warming up (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) on the way to the win

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) on the way to the win (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Laura Brown (UnitedHealthcare) stays aero through a turn

Laura Brown (UnitedHealthcare) stays aero through a turn (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Jasmine Glaesser (Optum) leans through a corner

Jasmine Glaesser (Optum) leans through a corner (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) heading out on course

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) heading out on course (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM)

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM)

Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) won her first individual time trial in several years at the Tour of California on Friday. It was a good sign for Stevens as she heads to U.S. Pro Nationals next week in Chattanooga, TN.

"I'm beyond excited right now. This is so special. I mean, I haven't won in a long time. I haven't won a time trial in a really long time," Stevens said. "California is my home now, my mother-in-law to be was in the car, Neal [Henderson] who is my coach, was in the car with me. It was a little bit of a scramble. Joe from SRAM Neutral Support was my mechanic, and more importantly I announced this morning that my prize money is going to World Bicycle Relief. It is so cool to win first and know that they can get all of that."

Inclement weather in Bear Lake forced organisers to set up a last minute course at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, CA. Twenty two riders rode the short 10.5km that started immediately before the men's time trial. The course left the Six Flags parking lot and rolled along a flat, non-technical loop, before returning to Six Flags. Riders easily manoeuvred around potholes and broken pavement making for fast times throughout the afternoon.

Amber Neben (Visit Dallas-Noise 4 Good) took the early race lead. Neben stopped the clock with 14:20 making her the time to beat for most of the short race. It was a victory of sorts for Neben whose last ride at the Tour of California TT resulted in a career threatening crash. Neben finished off the podium in fourth place, but was still pleased with her ride.

"It was exciting, I was hopeful. It was a short course for me, and a flat course for me," Neben said. "I was gunning for it, so to be in the hot seat was exactly where I wanted to be. I was nervous but those girls that came in were that much faster."

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB) was the next rider in the hot seat with a time of 14:16. Stephens had been preparing to race at altitude in Big Bear Lake but still managed make her presence felt at sea level. Despite the venue change it was an ideal test for Stephens who is also targeting Nationals in Chattanooga next week.

"We will have a quite a bit longer course next week so it will be a little bit different, but this is a good check point going in," Stephens said.

Kristin Armstrong (Twenty 18-SHO-AIR) was disappointed with her race despite a long absence from the sport. The Olympic gold medallist placed third, only seven seconds down on Stevens.

"I had high expectations," Armstrong said. "You know, it's my first race back in three years so I don't know what I was expecting. I was hoping to come out on top."

Armstrong is also eager to tackle the Nationals course planned for Chattanooga.

Like Stephens and Armstrong, Evelyn Stevens was using today's time trial as an acid test. While Stevens is hoping to have a good ride at Nationals, her major build up is aimed at the Giro Rosa and Worlds Championships in Richmond, VA. Stevens has come close to big wins at the world championships individual time trial title in the past. In 2013 she placed fourth, and in 2014 took third.

To get over the hump, Stevens spent the winter and spring dialling her time trailing program. Steven's coach, Neal Henderson, said she's worked everything from wind tunnel studies to race preparation to find the extra seconds.

"It is the small things, when you do it right, that lead to that success," said Henderson.

All the riders on the podium expressed their gratitude to the race organisers for making sure the women's race ran.

"Thanks to Medalist sports and Amgen for realising we can't ride in the snow, and coming up with this fun course in 24 hours" Stevens said. "I don't know how they did it, but they did an amazing job."

 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:14:12
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - SVB0:00:04
3Kristin Armstrong (USA)0:00:07
4Amber Neben (USA) Visit Dallas0:00:08
5Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM0:00:09
6Tara Whitten (Can)
7Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:11
8Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:00:22
9Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:30
10Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:31
11Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:00:33
12Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM
13Sarah Storey (GBr) Pearl Izumi Sport Tours0:00:34
14Carmen Small (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:00:45
15Rhae-Christie Shaw (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:00:48
16Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:51
17Laura Brown (Can) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:59
18Emma White (USA)0:01:12
19Maddie Boutet0:01:19
20Ana Teresa Casas
21Maria Carla Alvarez (Arg) Xirayas de San Luis0:01:27
22Jackie Crowell0:02:36

 

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