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Giro Donne winner Mara Abbott: Committing to be authentically Mara

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Jul. 15, 2010
  • Updated Jul. 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM EDT

Mara Abbott became the first American woman to win the 10-stage Giro Donne Sunday. Riding with the U.S. National Team, Abbott won two mountain stages, including the queen stage that finished atop the Passo dello Stelvio on Saturday. With her win on the Stelvio, Abbott, 25, extended her lead to 2:05 over Judith Arndt (HTC-Columbia). Abbott’s national and trade teammate, Shelley Evans, won the final stage in Monza the following day and Abbott secured the maglia rosa.

Abbott visited VeloNews offices in Boulder Wednesday and talked about the gravity of achieving a major goal and how she has grown as an individual and a rider since finishing second at the Giro in 2009, among other topics.

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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