Evelyn Stevens wins Merco Cycling Classic | Evelyn Stevens

Congratulations to Evelyn Stevens for kicking off the season with an overall victory at the Merco Cycling Classic in Merced, California. She relied on the consistent support of her Specialized-lululemon teammates to secure the top step on the podium at the conclusion of the four-day event on Sunday.

Specialized-lululemon sent a small but strong team that also included Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Ally Stacher and Tayler Wiles.

At the opening stage’s MID Road Race, Stevens and Wiles broke away from the field and made it to the finish line a mere 15 seconds ahead of a bunch sprint. Wiles secured the stage win and the overall race lead and Stevens placed second.

Stevens put forth a winning performance during the stage two Merced Boosters Time Trial. She won the 19.3 kms race in 26:21 minutes, proving every bit why she is one of the top time trialists in the country. Her performance moved her up into the overall race lead.

Specialized-lululemon continued to dominate the race with its sprinter Ina-Yoko Teutenberg winning the stage three McDonald’s Downtown Grand Prix. Teutenberg is well-known for winning bunch sprints but this time she won the race from a small breakaway that also included her teammate Stacher. Stevens finished safely toward the front of the field and maintained her lead in the overall classification heading into the finale.

Specialized-lululemon celebrated Stevens’s overall victory at the conclusion of the stage four Hilltop Ranch Road Race. Wiles finished the stage race in third place overall behind runner-up Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS). In addition to their overall classification performances, Stevens placed second in the points competition and Wiles won the Under 26 competition.