Mara Abbott

Seven retiring riders we’ll miss seeing in the women’s peloton

As the 2016 road season has come to an end, cyclists return to their homes for some vacation before preparing for the next season again. Some cyclists, however, will not be returning to the peloton next year, using the end of an Olympic year as an opportune time to call it quits and head into …

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Top five talking points from the women’s Olympic road race

With two Dutchies on staff, the women’s Olympic road race was an emotional rollercoaster for the Ella team as we watched Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS, the Netherlands) having the ride of her career before crashing horrifically, giving the race lead back to American Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) who then heartbreakingly got caught with just 200 metres …

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Anna van der Breggen takes Olympic gold in a nail-biter of a race

While the lead-up to the women’s Olympic road race was somewhat tainted by all the commotion surrounding the three missed doping tests of world champion and top favourite Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans, GB), the race itself did not disappoint. The race culminated in a nail-biter of a second half that saw defending Olympic champion Marianne Vos ( Rabo-Liv, the Netherlands) …

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Giro Rosa Round-up: full Italian podium in stage 8 as Guarnier gets closer to her first Giro Rosa win

The penultimate stage in the Giro Rosa today! We’re not sure how the break of the day was formed, but we know there was one. Nine riders found each other 45 kilometers into the stage and reached the top of the GPM climb together: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-High5), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Malgorzata Jasinska (Alé Cipollini), Lex Albrecht (BePink), Lauren Kitchen (Team …

Giro Rosa Round-up: another victory for the Americans as Stevens wins TT and Guarnier stays in pink

The scene looked familiar at the start of today’s individual time trial: Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) in the pink jersey while Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) hoped her time trialing chops would diminish the time she had lost in the GC. Last year she succeeded, climbing into the Giro Rosa lead after a similar looking individual …

Giro Rosa Round-up: The battle among the Americans continues as Stevens wins and Guarnier is back in pink

The pink jersey changed hands yet again in stage 6 of the Giro Rosa, though it continues to be draped around the shoulders of Americans, who are dominating the tour. Today, Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) took the stage win and her teammate Megan Guarnier is back in the Maglia Rosa. After yesterday’s brutal ascent of Montirolo in …

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Giro Rosa Round-up: Mara Abbott climbs into pink in the Queen’s stage

We were given a little bit more info throughout the stage today, which was exciting as two-time Giro Rosa winner Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) showed her ambitions to get on top of the GC early in the stage, after she dropped to eighth yesterday. Today’s queen’s stage up the Mortirolo climb was predicted to be a battle …

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Giro Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 2 and takes pink

Today’s break of the day was for Mia Radotic (BTC City Ljubljana) and Anna Trevisi (Ale Cipollini), who stayed away until 50 kilometers into the stage. It was thrilling to read that Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) then launched a solo attack at 75 kilometers, even though it wasn’t long-lived. A small group, with all the favourites …

Phinney, Guarnier headline 2016 US Olympic team

USA Cycling announced Thursday the full squad of athletes competing in the cycling events at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro this August. Three-time Olympian Taylor Phinney, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the individual time trial, Kristin Armstrong, and bronze medalist at the 2015 road world championships in Richmond, Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) headline a …

Photo gallery: 2016 Tour of the Gila

Celebrating its 30th edition in 2016, the Tour of the Gila took place in and around Silver City, New Mexico, consisting of three road race stages, an individual time trial, and a criterium. Stage 1 was a point-to-point road race ending on a 6.7-mile climb that peaks at a 19-percent grade en route to the ghost town …

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