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Mara Abbott announces retirement from professional cycling

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Mara Abbott (USA) approaches the line

Mara Abbott (USA) approaches the line (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A devastated Mara Abbott (USA) was caught within sight of the line and missed the medals

A devastated Mara Abbott (USA) was caught within sight of the line and missed the medals (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) dancing on the pedals up the Mortirolo

Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) dancing on the pedals up the Mortirolo (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) dances on the pedals

Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) dances on the pedals (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Mara Abbott was the overall winner of the 2014 Tour of the Gila

Mara Abbott was the overall winner of the 2014 Tour of the Gila (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

American Mara Abbott first announced her retirement from professional bike racing in a blog posted in the Wall Street Journal following the Olympic Games in Rio in August. The 30-year-old was a heartbreaking fourth in women's road race, which was her final event as a professional cyclist.

She was recently a part of a public speaking engagement at TEDX Boulder.

During her 10-year career, Abbott enjoyed overall victories at the Giro Rosa in 2010 and 2013, the Tour of the Gila, Vuelta a El Salvador, Redlands Bicycle Classic, and twice won the US national road title.

During her TEDX speech, Abbott explained she tried to put the Olympic Games result behind her but hasn't been able to avoid people coming up to her and offering their condolences. 

"People come up to you all the time to talk about it," she said. "You just walk away.

"If you made it to the Olympics you're not satisfied with just that. But you're proud that you gave it your best."

In an interview with The Guardian earlier this year, Abbott told the newspaper that she hopes to become an 'investigative environmental journalist' after her cycling career. 

In the same interview, Abbott described how last year, and particularly during the winter months, she worked three days a week at an organic farm in Boulder, which was also complimented by two-days work at the Boulder farmers' market selling vegetable.

In her TEDX address, Abbott explained that she does not know what the immediate future holds. "I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do next," Abbott said. "And when I say I have absolutely no idea, I mean I have absolutely no idea."

Abbott began her career with Webcor Builders, and during her career raced for teams Team Colombia, Diadora-Pasta Zara, Exergy-Twenty16, UnitedHealthcare and she spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Wiggle High5 squad.