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Mara Abbott
Personal information
Full name Mara Katherine Abbott
Born November 14, 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 35)
Boulder, Colorado,
United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Major wins
Stage races
Giro Rosa (2010, 2013)
Tour of the Gila (2007, 2010, 2013–2016)
Vuelta a El Salvador (2014)

One day races

National Road Race Champion (2007, 2010)

Mara Katherine Abbott (born November 14, 1985) is a US former professional women's bicycle racer. In 2010, Abbott became the first US cyclist ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women's bicycle racing. Abbott retired after the 2016 Olympic Games road race.

Early life and amateur career

Abbott was born in and, as of 2016, still lives in Boulder, Colorado. 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. 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

Abbott turned professional in 2007 and joined the Webcor Builders team. 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. She also continued to swim for Whitman in the fall and graduated with a degree in economics from Whitman.

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. The next year, she won stage 3 and the King of the Mountains jersey in the Giro Donne, finishing second overall. 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. 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. That same month, she won one stage and the overall title at the Cascade Cycling Classic. She also won one stage and finished second in the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin.

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

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

On October 7, 2014, Wiggle High5 announced that Abbott had signed with them for the 2015 season.

Off the bike

In addition to cycling, Abbott is a yoga instructor. She is a freelance writer published in the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado as well as the Wall Street Journal and espnW. As of March 2021, she works for Ceres, a sustainability organization based in Boston.

Palmares

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2005
3rd U23 National Road Cycling Championships
2006
3rd Overall Mount Hood Classic
2007
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
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
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
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
2nd Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 1
10th Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
2013
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 Stages 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
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 Stages 1 & 5
2015
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stages 1 & 5
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Stage 9
2016
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Stage 5 Giro d'Italia Femminile
4th Olympic road race
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