Mara Abbott

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Mara Abbott
Mara Abbott 2011 Tour of the Gila.jpg
Abbott at the 2011 Tour of the Gila
Personal information
Full name Mara Katherine Abbott
Born (1985-11-14) November 14, 1985 (age 28)
Boulder, Colorado,
United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight 115 lb (52 kg)[1]
Team information
Current team UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2007
2008–2009
2010
2011
2013
2013
2014–
Webcor Builders
HTC-Highroad Women
Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12
Diadora-Pasta Zara-Manhattan
Exergy TWENTY16
USA National Team
UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team
Major wins
Jersey pink.svg Giro Rosa (2010, 2013)
MaillotUSA.PNG National Road Race Champion (2007, 2010)
Jersey red.svg Tour of the Gila (2007, 2010, 2013, 2014)
Jersey yellow.svg Vuelta a El Salvador (2014)
Infobox last updated on
May 6, 2014

Mara Abbott (born November 14, 1985) is an American professional women's bicycle racer who rides on the UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team. In 2010, Abbott became the first American ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women's bicycle racing.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Abbott was born and, as of 2011, still lives in Boulder, Colorado.[1] She was a competitive swimmer, primarily specializing in distance freestyle races, at Whitman College, which is where she took up road bicycle racing as a springtime activity.[2] After competing for Whitman in two straight National College Cycling Association Division II championships, where the team won back-to-back championships in both the team time trial and the team omnium, and Abbott won back-to-back championships in the road race and also won the criterium and the individual omnium in 2006, Abbott placed fifth in the USA National Championship Women's Road Race. She also won back-to-back championships in the Mount Evans Hill Climb in 2005 and 2006.

Professional career[edit]

Abbott turned professional in 2007 and joined the Webcor Builders team.[3] In addition to a repeat of her college successes, she won one stage and the overall title in the Tour of the Gila and the 2007 National Cycling Championships women's road race championship, defeating former champions Kristin Armstrong and Amber Neben in a sprint to the finish.[4] She also continued to swim for Whitman in the fall and graduated with a degree in economics from Whitman.[1][5]

Abbott joined the HTC-Columbia Women's Team in 2008 and began to excel in European races, winning a mountain stage in the Giro della Toscana.[6] The next year, she won stage 3 and the King of the Mountains jersey in the Giro Donne, finishing second overall.[1] In 2010, Abbott joined the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 team and repeated her victories at the Tour of the Gila and the USA NAtional Championship Women's Road Race.[1] She won two more stages and the overall championship at the Giro Donne, which was the only women's Grand Tour event held in 2010.[7][8] That same month, she won one stage and the overall title at the Cascade Cycling Classic.[9] She also won one stage and finished second in the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin.[10][11]

For 2011, Abbott moved to the Diadora-Pasta Zara-Manhattan team.[12] She won one stage and finished second overall in the Tour of the Gila, behind 1996 Canadian Olympic medalist Clara Hughes.[13][14]

In 2013, Abbot won her second Giro Rosa. [15] Later that season it was announced that she would join the new UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team in 2014.[16]

Off the bike[edit]

In addition to cycling, Abbott is a yoga instructor.[17]

Palmares[edit]

Source:[18]

2005
3rd U23 National Road Cycling Championships
2006
3rd Overall Mount Hood Classic
2007 Webcor Builders
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 2
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Road Cycling Championships
2nd Overall Redlands Cycling Classic
1st Stage 1
2nd Montréal World Cup
2nd Overall Nature Valley Grand Prix
2nd Overall Tour de Toona
1st stage 1
2008 HTC-Columbia Women's Team
1st Stage 4 Mount Hood Classic
1st Stage 1 Krasna Lipa Tour Féminine
1st Stage 1 (TTT) & 3 Giro della Toscana
2nd Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Prologue
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
2nd National Time Trial Championships
3rd Overall San Dimas Stage Race
1st Stage 1
2009 HTC-Columbia Women's Team
2nd Overall San Dimas Stage Race
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
3rd Boulder Criterium
3rd Overall Emakumeen Bira
2010 Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Road Cycling Championships
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Stages 8 & 9
1st Overall Cascade Classic
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall San Dimas Stage Race
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
1st Stage 4
3rd National Time Trial Championships
2011 Diadora-Pasta Zara
2nd Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 1
10th Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
2013 USA National Team
1st Overall San Dimas Stage Race
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 3 Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 1 & 5
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
1st Stages 5 and 6,
3rd Overall Cascade Classic
2014 UnitedHealthcare Women's Team
1st Grand Prix de Oriente
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a El Salvador
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 1 & 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mara Abbott". USA Cycling. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Mara Abbott". Whitman College. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  3. ^ "2007 Biography of Mara Abbott". Webcor Builders. Retrieved 2011-05-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ Press release (2007-08-30). "National Magazines Turn Spotlight on Whitman Cycling Phenom". Whitman College. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  5. ^ Press release (2007-09-27). "Mara Abbott '08 places ninth in Italian stage race; prepares for World Championship race". Whitman College. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Mara Abbott Biography". HTC-Highroad Women. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  7. ^ Press release (2010-07-11). "Mara Abbott 1st American to win overall Giro Donne". USA Cycling. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  8. ^ Caley Fretz (2010-07-11). "Mara Abbott becomes first American to win Giro Donne, Shelley Evans takes final stage". VeloNews. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  9. ^ Brian Holcombe (2010-07-25). "Abbott and Sutherland secure Cascade Cycling Classic wins after final road race". VeloNews. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  10. ^ Greg Johnson (2010-05-18). "Abbot victorious in Osseja". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  11. ^ Stephen Farrand (2010-05-23). "Emma Pooley wins Tour de l'Aude". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  12. ^ Ben Atkins (2010-09-23). "Transfer News: Mara Abbott signs for Safi-Pasta Zara". Velonation.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  13. ^ Kirsten Frattini (2011-04-27). "Abbott, Mancebo prevail on windy Mogollon stage". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  14. ^ Cycling News (2011-05-02). "Mancebo wins final stage and overall at Gila". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  15. ^ http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/07/news/mara-abbott-clinches-title-in-2013-giro-rosa_294132
  16. ^ Weislo, Laura (7 September 2013). "Abbott, Tamayo and Powers to headline new UnitedHealthcare women's team". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Kris Thompson (2010-03-23). "Yoga with Mara Abbott". 303cycling.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  18. ^ Profile at Cycling Archives

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