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Cyclist Mara Abbott finds her way back to road

Updated: May 15, 2013, 9:58 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

BOULDER, Colo. -- Mara Abbott's voice is declarative as she talks about intimate things, rising above the hubbub in a crowded café as she makes a point, fast-paced and strong enough to give people at other tables a free seminar on self-esteem.

Abbott won a national collegiate road title four months after she first raced a bike. She won U.S. nationals the next year. In 2010, she became the first American champion of the toughest women's stage race in the world, the Giro Donne. ...

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