California –– Mara Abbott marked her return to racing in triumphant fashion over the weekend, winning the San Dimas Stage Race in Southern California.
After sitting out the 2012 season, Abbott, the winner of the 2010 Giro Donne, is showing fine form with the Exergy-Twenty16 squad this spring. She came out swinging in the opening stage at San Dimas, riding her Felt F1 team bike to victory in the 4.2-mile uphill time trial. She beat second-place finisher Amber Neben by 16 seconds.
From there, it was up to Abbott’s Exergy-Twenty16 teammates to help defend her lead over the next two stages—a circuit race and a road race—which they did. Abbott went on to win the overall with a 9-second gap over Neben.