Puebla, Mexico (May 8, 2014) — Evelyn Stevens (San Francisco, Calif./Team Specialized lululemon) rode to victory in the individual time trial on Thursday during the opening day of the 2014 Pan American Continental Road Championships in Puebla, Mexico.
By virtue of her victory, Stevens earned herself an automatic qualification for the individual time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships to be held Sept. 21-28 in Ponferrada, Spain. Her victory also provides the U.S. an additional spot in the elite women’s time trial at the world championships. The American squad can now send three starters to Spain for the women’s individual time trial in September.
“Winning today was great,” said Stevens. “(Coach) Jack (Seehafer) and the rest of the USA Cycling staff made the trip so smooth and all I had to do was ride fast. The course was nice and it is a big bonus to win a spot for the worlds’ individual time trial.”
Stevens was a silver medalist in the individual time trial at the 2012 world championships and finished fourth last year. She also rode on the gold-medal winning team time trial squad of Specialized-lululemon in 2013. Stevens completed Thursday’s 19.8-kilometer time trial in 26:27.635, over 12 seconds faster than runner-up Serika Guluma Ortiz of Colombia.