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Mara Abbott leads Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

Peanut Butter & Co's Mara Abbott takes the lead of the series after her overall win at the SRAM Tour of the Gila.

Abbott at the Gila
Abbott at the Gila

Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12) is leading the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series after the second of four events on the 2010 schedule.

Abbott tops the individual standings over Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) on the strength of her overall win at the recent SRAM Tour of the Gila. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, who won the Redlands Bicycle Classic to initially take the series lead, is third.

“The SRAM Tour of the Gila was an epic race,” Abbott said. “Mother Nature threw all sorts of conditions at us, but my team protected me throughout the race and we came out on top. The team work was A+ and its the only way to win a race like that.”

Abbott also leads the Best Young Rider (Under 26) classification and her team is tops in the team category.

“We have a very well-rounded team that can battle in all terrain,” Cranmer said. “The riders are very much looking forward to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. SRAM Tour of the Gila was one of the most challenging races I have witnessed. (Team director) Kristin Armstrong had not seen winds like that in her 10 years of racing. Kudos to all the teams that endured the adversity. It’s a great race to include in the series.”

The Gila is the newest race to enter the series. The other events are Redlands, the Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 16-20), and the Cascade Cycling Classic (July 20-25).

Individual classification

  • 1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12  319 points.
  • 2. Alison Powers, Team Vera Bradley Foundation  253 points.
  • 3. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220 points.
  • 4. Katharine Carroll, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 175 points.
  • 5. Robin Farina, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 165 points.

Best young rider classification

  • 1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 440 points
  • 2. Rebecca Much, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 231 points.
  • 3. Chloe Forsman, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, 220 points.
  • 4. Melanie Meyers, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, 209 points.
  • 5. Alison Starnes, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 198 points.

Sprint classification

  • 1. Carmen Small, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 252 points.
  • 2. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220 points.
  • 3. Coryn Rivera, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 165 points.
  • 4. Shelley Evans, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 165 points.
  • 5. Andrea Dvorak, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 132 points.

Team classification

  • 1. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 873 points.
  • 2. Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 654 points.
  • 3. Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 475 points.
  • 4. HTC-Columbia – 369 points.
  • 5. Webcor Builders – 326 points.