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1. Mara Abbott (UHPC), 2. Olga Zabelinskaya (RusVelo), 3. Alena Amialiusik (Astana-BePink)
Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) won the overall crown at the Vuelta a El Salvador on Sunday, a day after her impressive attack in stage 4.
Abbot, whose late surge up the San Salvador Volcano earned her the stage 4 win, stayed with her teammates during Sunday’s final stage to clinch the victory. Her teammate Hannah Barnes sprinted to a third-place result on the day.
— Abbott clinches Vuelta a El Salvador victory - VeloNews.com
"It was 40 degrees Celsius, not snowing. There were fertile farmlands and forests, not high mountains. I spoke Spanish. And I was eating dinner at midnight. It was enough to make me a little anxious for stability. Yet on one of my last days there, I rode up the shaded tree-divided road from El Volcan to El Trapiche. Despite my now semi-permanent dizzying sensation of feet-off-the-ground newness, I was able to find peace and familiarity. Basically everything around me was different, and absolutely none of it was under my control, but my legs somehow still felt like my legs. I felt just like I did whenever I pedaled. Their circles became meditative and I took a few deep breaths. I felt foundation, and I realized how lucky I am to have this embodied self-knowledge. I kept pedaling."
— Mara Abbott Blog: A Visit To Argentina | Cyclingnews.com
""IN THIS EPISODE Mike sits down for a chat with Mara Abbott (that’s with two b’s and two t’s), the first American ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women’s bicycle racing. In between trading smoothie recipes and Twitter stalking confessions, they discuss favorite places to cycle, Mara’s Game of Thrones addiction, strategies for making riding the trainer more interesting, and which of them is the bigger dork.""
— Open Mic with Mike Creed - Ep 28 Mara Abbott | PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts
Trapped at home by the floods, the owner of the yoga studio Abbott frequented for five years was unable to open shop, and was ultimately forced to close its doors. In the span of a weekend, Abbott had lost two vital outlets that brought her spiritual and physical calm.
“I really had to spend the last few weeks focusing, and keeping those things that sustain me in mind,” Abbott said. “I am wanting to go to worlds with the intention of honoring all of those things that brought me to where I am — those things that are currently hurting.”
— Mara Abbott: Dark horse, or outright favorite, to win worlds? - VeloNews.com