By Brian Murphy
American Evelyn Stevens, riding for Team Specialized-lululemon, captured the title in the inaugural Exergy Tour. Stevens, who started the day in third place, finished second in the final stage of the five-day event Monday in Boise's Hyde Park neighborhood.
Claudia Hausler won the stage beating Stevens in a sprint to the finish. The two women finished well ahead of the pack. The two women broke away from the pack with about 11 miles left in the 46.7-mile final stage.
Stevens, who turned 29 earlier this month, won the 2010 and 2011 U.S. time trial national championships.
Teammate Amber Neben, the leader entering the final stage, finished second overall.
The Exergy Tour is a five-day women's professional stage race in Southwestern Idaho. The Tour has a purse of $100,000.
Wiles, Hughes take lead
Tayler Wiles and Clara Hughes have been ahead of the peloton for most of Stage 4 of the Exergy Tour in Boise. Wiles and Hughes have led by as much as one minute in the 49.7-mile race.
Wiles started the stage in 16th place, 90 seconds behind the leader Amber Neben. Wiles rides for Exergy TWENTY12, the same team as Boise Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.
Hughes started the day 14 seconds behind Neben. Both ride for Team Specialized-lululemon, which held the top four spots in the overall standings entering the final day of the inaugural five-day Exergy Tour, a $100,000 women's professional cycling race in Southwestern Idaho.
The final stage of the five-day Exergy Tour is underway in Boise's Hyde Park neighborhood — with the biggest crowds and best weather of the tour so far.
Idaho First Lady Lori Otter was the official starter, and Boise Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong, who crashed out of the race on the first day, was at the starting line along with hundreds of spectators.
Four A-10 Thunderbolts from the 124th Fighter Wing of the Idaho Air National Guard at Gowen Field did a flyover on this Memorial Day.
Polona Batagelj of the Diadora-Pasta Zara team was involved in a crash early about two blocks from the start and transported to St. Luke's Hospital with sore ribs and to check out possible back and head injuries.
Janel Holcomb and Jen Weinbrecht were also involved in the wreak and have not rejoined the race. They were also transported to the hospital for x-rays and additional treatment.
None of the riders have significant injuries, according to Tour officials.
The 49.7-mile course begins and ends in Hyde Park and includes three turns along the "Dump Loop," by the Ada County landfill in Northwest Boise.
American Amber Neben is the race leader entering the final day.
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