Noted French race car driver and Race Across America champion Evans Stievenart, 40, soloed to victory at the inaugural L’Etape Las Vegas this past Sunday, pulling on the champion’s maillot jaune jersey with a surprising seven minute lead at the finish.
“It was very much unexpected, but I won @letapelasvegas today. 120 kilometers solo breakaway 🤯🥇 kind of super cool to have this jersey on me ♥️,” he posted on Instagram after completing the 75-mile race with over 6400 feet of climbing in 3:08:23.
Finishing in second place was Remko Rinkema (3:15:53), with Colby Greiner just one second behind to claim the last podium step.
Stievenart is no stranger to long, hard, demanding races, as part of a 2-person team in 2019 he won the epic 3000 mile Race Across America, in addition, he has victories both on a bike and in a car at the famed Le Mans race course in France.
Las Vegas based Stephanie Bissonnette won the women’s competition in 3:36:46, followed by Jessica Magdefrau (3:49:34) and Stefanie Young (3:52:40).
Mike Hileman (1:46:59) won the 45-mile men’s medio fondo, with Chicky Prado (2:11:55) doing the same for the women.
600 amateur cyclists, plus Tour de France legends Andy Schleck and Alex Stieda, took part in L’Etape Las Vegas, some traveling from as far away as New York, Canada and Brazil.
The next L’Etape Las Vegas will take place on 5 May 2024.
Complete L’Etape Las Vegas results HERE.
Photo Credit: Instagram/evans911
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