Sunday, July 7, 2013

Comback complete.

Mara Abbott clinched the win in the prestigious Giro Rosa Sunday. Easily the top event in women's professional cycling currently. The Giro is the last major stage race in the world for women and as such is a top prize and for many the focus of their season. For Mara Abbot the win has got to be rewarding. Not only for the satisfaction of athletic achievement, but also as the final result of a long road back from a debilitating eating disorder. In a little over 3 years she has gone from being at the top of women's pro cycling, to the depths of battling anorexia and now back to the top. Quite a roller coaster ride from my view point, and I can't imagine what it was like to live it. 

Today's ITT was the final test for her, and though she did not win (she finished in 38th, over 2 minutes down) she did more than enough to preserve her overall lead and finished a full 1'33" over Tatiana Guderzo who impressed in second place. It was a a fantastic performance regardless of the recent history for Abbott off the bike, but when you consider all of the other things, it is really quite amazing. 

This is just one example great racing and great stories that are happening in the women's pro tour - don't miss out on it.

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