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Stevens tops Neben to win inaugural Exergy Tour

BOISE, Idaho – Evelyn Stevens won the Exergy Tour after a final-stage breakaway, firmly cementing her claim to a berth on the U.S. Olympic team for the London Games.

Stevens of Boulder took second place in a sprint with Germany’s Claudia Häusler after the 46.7-mile stage. But the 29-year-old Stevens finished far enough ahead of the pack to beat American Amber Neben for the overall title.

The race had been anticipated as a showdown between three U.S. women: Stevens, the 2011 U.S. time trial champ; Neben, the 2008 world champion; and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, from Boise. But Armstrong crashed on the first day, suffering a broken collarbone.

Armstrong believes her own Olympic time trial hopes are intact after beating Stevens in three races earlier this year.

USA Cycling will make its selections June 15. The United States likely will field a team of four riders, two of whom will ride the London time trial.

Durangoans Kristin McGrath (2:01 back) and Carmen Small (2:12 back) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the final standings, while Dolores resident Lauren Hall did not finish the final stage.


British Open champ will skip this year’s U.S. Open

WALTON HEATH, England – British Open champion Darren Clarke withdrew from next month’s U.S. Open in San Francisco because of a groin injury.

The 43-year-old Clarke told United States Golf Association officials Monday that the problem that had bothered him for several weeks still is troubling him.

Clarke said he wants to make sure he is 100 percent fit for the defense of his British Open title at Royal Lytham on July 19-22.

The U.S. Open is June 14-17.

USA Soccer

Morgan nets a pair of goals in a U.S. friendly victory

CHESTER, Pa. – Alex Morgan scored twice, and the United States women’s soccer team beat China 4-1 on Sunday night in its penultimate home exhibition before leaving for the London Games.

Abby Wambach added a goal, and the U.S. also scored on an own-goal in front of a capacity crowd of 18,573 fans at PPL Park.

After China took the lead in the 22nd minute, Morgan tied it in the 34th, and the U.S. pulled ahead on the own-goal in the 36th. Morgan stuck again in the 50th, and Wambach capped the scoring in the 83rd.

Sundhage’s pick-6 for London includes 22-year-old Leroux

CHICAGO – Sydney Leroux’s spectacular start earned her a trip to London.

Leroux, who has seven goals in just nine appearances with the U.S., was one of six newcomers on the 18-woman roster for the London Olympics announced Sunday. Leroux is the only player on the squad who wasn’t on the U.S. team at last summer’s Women’s World Cup. She also is the youngest player on the team at 22.

Joining Leroux as first-time Olympians are Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, key members of that World Cup team, and Kelley O’Hara, Amy LePeilbet and Becky Sauerbrunn.

Captain Christie Rampone is the first U.S. player to be named to four Olympic teams and needs to play in one more game to set an American record for Olympic appearances.

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage will take her 18-woman team – along with alternates Lori Lindsey, Jill Loyden, Meghan Klingenberg and forward Christen Press – to Sweden for a two-week training camp next month.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo.

Defenders: Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn.

Midfielders: Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe.

Forwards: Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach.

Associated Press