De Crescenzo wins Tour of the Gila six years after re-learning to walk

Lauren De Cresenzo (Cinch Rise) shows off the locally crafted pottery bowls that serve as winners trophies for the Tour of the Gila.
Lauren De Cresenzo (Cinch Rise) holds the winner's trophies for the 2022 Tour of the Gila (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)

At this time in 2016, Lauren De Crescenzo was in a rehabilitation centre learning how to walk and talk again after suffering a serious crash. Now, she is celebrating her first major road victory having climbed away from her rivals on the Tour of the Gila's final stage to Pinos Altos and cemented the overall win.

"It means so much to me winning the Gila. Six years ago I couldn’t imagine this. I was at the rehab center learning how to walk and talk again. If someone would tell me, ‘don’t worry Lauren because in 6 years you’re going to win the Gila’ I would have been like, ‘You’re crazy, I’m not a climber! I’m in a rehab center.' So mentally it’s huge coming back from that, to being able to win a race like this, a five-day stage race, it takes a lot out of you," De Crescenzo said.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.