Check out the link below for a great article on Diadora-Pasta Zara’s climbing domestique Rachel Neylan.
Archive: May, 2011
Reigning Tour of the Gila champion Mara Abbott finished second in the race’s general classification Sunday, proving yet again to be a top contender in Silver City’s annual race.
After winning the opening mountain stage and retaining the leader’s jersey in the 128.7- km Stage 2, Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes took the lead with a dominant performance in the Stage 3 Tyrone Individual Time Trial.
Mara placed 4th in the 3rd stage, and in the 4th stage Downtown Silver City Criterium, Abbott’s Diadora Pasta-Zara teammate – Eleonora Patuzzo – sprinted to third.
While Abbott outmatched her opponents on the fifth stage’s final climb, she finished 8th and was not able to make up the two-minute gap Hughes held at the start of the final stage.
But it was a terrific overall performance for Abbott, who also finished 3rd in Gila’s Mountain Classification, as well as for young Italian rider Eleonora Patuzzo.
It was also a strong performance for the Diadora-Pasta Zara team, who patrolled the front of the peloton for nearly all five stages.
Final General Classification (Women)
1 Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling Team) 13:19:15
2 Mara Abbott (Diadora-Pasta Zara Team) 0:02:52
3 Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link Coaching Systems) 0:03:15