Stars And Stripes: Oakley’s Evelyn Stevens Makes History As First American To Top The Fleche Wallone Feminine World Cup
In a race that has been running for 15 years now, no American has ever stepped foot atop the podium in the Fleche Wallone Feminine World Cup. No American until now. Oakley cyclist Evelyn Stevens re-wrote history, becoming the first from her country to claim top prize in the Belgium based race.
26 different countries were represented by 157 riders and Stevens, wearing the new Oakley women’s RadarRange, finally broke through for her home country of the United States. She completed the 123km race in an impressive time of 3:26:32. Stevens trailed leader Marianne Vos for most of the race, until she made a final push on the second and last climb up on the Mur de Huy to claim first place. Race day in Eastern Belgium featured rainy, chilly weather, but Stevens was able to pull through with the help of her team.
“It feels amazing,” said an extremely thrilled Stevens. “It’s awesome. This is my favorite race. I wanted to win this more than anything ever. My team was amazing. I wouldn’t have won it without them.”
Stevens rides for the Boulder, CO based Specialized-lululemon team. Currently in fifth place in the UCI women’s individual World Cup rankings, she has a good chance of receiving an automatic nomination to the American Olympic team. Stevens needs to remain in the top ten in the rankings to have the opportunity to represent the United States in the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is competing against fellow Oakley teammates Kristin Armstrong and Amber Neben for the final spots, which will be selected in June.
Congratulations to Stevens on her history making win and best of luck in London!