Continuing her successful comeback, Evelyn Stevens finished 3-stage Giro della Trentino in Italy on Sunday with another overall race win. Stevens won the second stage of the race and the Specialized-lululemon team was able to defend on the final day to protect the race lead.
Stevens, who was out for half of the spring racing due to a nasty crash, has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks, also winning the Philadelphia Classic.
“I’m pretty excited with the way things are going,” she said. “It’s frustrating trying to come back from injury making sure you time things correctly and don’t get too impatient. I’m lucky to have such supportive teammates who trust me and work so hard every day. They were fantastic again here.”
Meanwhile across the pond Evie’s other teammates fought hard at Nature Valley in Minneapolis, USA, in an attempt to move Carmen Small up from third place in the general classification. On the final stage at the infamous Stillwater criterium, Ally Stacher and Tayler Wiles forced the break of the day with Wiles ending up third in the stage and winner of the Young Riders jersey, Ally was awarded “most aggressive rider” and Small finished third in the overall classification.
“It was a great week of racing,” said Team Director Kristy Scrymgeour. “The girls fought hard every stage to shake up the general classification, but there was some great riding by the Optum and Tibco team’s the whole week. Our girls rode outside themselves and I’m so happy with the way they race together. We also had two guest riders, Olivia Dillon and Joy McCullough, who were exceptional this week.”