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Mara Abbott grabs lead at Giro Donne

Mara Abbott (U.S. National Team) wins stage 8 in a solo breakaway

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Mara Abbott (U.S. National Team) won stage 8 of the Giro Donne in dramatic fashion, coming in solo nearly a minute and a half ahead of second place Emma Pooley (Cérvelo TestTeam). Judith Arndt took third on the stage, 1:40 back.

Giro Donne stage 8
Giro Donne stage 8

The effort moves Abbott into first overall, 19 seconds ahead of Arndt and 1:05 up on Tatiana Guderzo (Team Valdarno).

“I am so excited to be able to lead the Giro…. this was a huge victory for me, and it was a huge day for the team,” Abbott said after the race. “Everyone did everything perfectly and the entire stage went to plan. We couldn’t have made it any better if we had tried!

“I have been looking forward to this Giro since the last day of the 2009 edition, and I am so excited to be able to represent the USA with this victory and so grateful to be able to be a part of this national team.”

Manel Lacambra, director of the U.S. National Team at the Giro, was equally pleased with his team’s performance.

“I am very proud of this team. They are racing very well and giving everything for each other. It will be nice for the USA national team to win one of the hardest races ever in women’s cycling,” he said.

“For the second consecutive day we put the whole team in front to make a hard race and force selection until the point where Mara had to go on the attack,” he said. “At this point, the group was only 30 riders, and we had five still there. Tomorrow is a very hard stage once again with Stelvio,” he added.

Saturday’s stage finishes atop the Passo del Stelvio, frequently used in the men’s Giro d’Italia, and could shuffle the GC deck once again.

Complete Results

Brief results
Stage

  • 1. Mara ABBOTT, U.S. National Team, at 2:55:35
  • 2. Emma POOLEY, Cervelo Test Team, at 1:27
  • 3. Judith ARNDT, Team Columbia-HTC Women, at 1:40
  • 4. Tatiana GUDERZO, Team Valdarno, at 1:40
  • 5. Tatiana ANTOSHINA,at 1:56

GC:

  • 1. Mara ABBOTT, U.S. National Team, in 20:03:15
  • 2. Judith ARNDT, Team Columbia HTC-Women, at 19
  • 3. Tatiana GUDERZO, Team Valdarno, at 1:05
  • 4. Marianne VOS, Netherlands, at 1:38
  • 5. Claudia HÄUSLER, Cervelo TestTeam, at 1:41