Evelyn Stevens (Acton, Massachusetts)
Women’s Road Race
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Evelyn Stevens is well-known for having dropped a career in investment banking to focus on professional cycling. By 2008, her job with the bankrupt Lehman Brothers could, for once, pay no better than cycling, and Stevens made the now-famous jump.
She started racing with a local club in New York City, and in 2009 Stevens won both the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Fitchburg Cycling Classic while guest riding for domestic teams. She turned pro the following year with the HTC-Highroad women’s team, and rewarded its faith with stage wins in the Redlands Classic and the Nature Valley Grand Prix, followed by a win in stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia Femminile.
On the way to her selection for the London Olympics, Stevens has had a stellar 2012 season, winning the overall at the Exergy Tour, the Gracia-Orlova in Italy, the Women’s Tour of New Zealand, and even a UCI World Cup race in Belgium, La Flèche Wallonne. She was the only member of the U.S. road team to automatically qualify for the London Games, via her World Cup win and UCI points tally (she edged Shelley Olds on criteria after Olds won the Chongming Island World Cup). Stevens also wore the pink jersey at the Giro Donne, the most coveted leader’s jersey in women’s racing, and after winning a mountain stage solo she finished on the final podium.