American Evelyn Stevens wins the inaugural Exergy Tour

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

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.

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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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I would disagree!

I believe that the thousands of people watching the race in person today would disagree with you!
Other than Kristin's accident, I would say that the tour was a HUGE success for cycling, the riders, the fans, and for Idaho!

Please put the lap top down and go back to smoking dope in your parent's basement!

My dad is dead, there is no basement and you are a dope.

PS The Olympics have stunk for over 15 years and NBC killed them.

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Sorry it wasn't Bronco

Sorry it wasn't Bronco Football :/

This inaugural tour was exciting. I certainly can't wait to see how it grows in the next few years.

No, I'm not...more circus, cable cost obscene.

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Exergy Tour

Great event. Great support from the city of Boise. I went to watch the girls race. My wife went to watch Patrick Dempsey.....whatever!

Mixed feelings

We ended up six cars behind the end of the procession on the Banks-Lowman Road. It went verrryyyyy slowwww. On the plus side, it was pretty cool having a backseat view of an Olympic level event. There's some pretty nasty up slopes on that section of the course. And ITD fixed all the potholes in advance of the race.

Bike Town

Great job to Exergy people!
Not sure why a wind company wants to sponsor a bike team and major event, but okay. Great job!

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Boise really could be the leading bike town in the USA.

If ACHD could give us better bike lanes, it might happen.

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Kristen Armstrong's wreck was right at a rut in the road. The cause? Very likely. Go check it out- it must be a 2 or 3 inch trough.

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How much money do events like this bring to the Valley? How much money does ACHD's EXPENSIVE and EXCESSIVE public relations department bring? $0.

What IS a better bike lane, a fairytale?

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