By the time Evelyn Stevens returned to consciousness, she was riding in an ambulance, surrounded by Italian-speaking medics, receiving medicine through an IV line and missing all of her front teeth.
In her fourth season as a professional cyclist after leaving her job on Wall Street, the 29-year-old Acton-Boxborough Regional graduate had been in a horrific crash during a road race on March 16. Going 34 mph through a round-about, her bike made contact with the curb and sent her flying face-first into the pavement. The 2012 US Olympian suffered a concussion and received 40 stitches.
Kristy Scrymgeour, owner of the Stevens-led team Specialized-lululemo, was worried how she would recover from the crash. But she was back in competition in five weeks, and as bold as ever. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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