Mara Abbott, fourth in Rio, announces retirement

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The 2016 Rio Olympics road race was the final elite international competition for Mara Abbott, she wrote in a first-person article for The Wall Street Journal.

Abbott had a solo breakaway in the Rio race and led with about 100m to go. She was then caught by three chasing riders and finished fourth (VIDEO).

Afterwards, Abbott answered questions from NBC with a confident smile on her face.

“I rode that race to the absolute best of my ability,” she said at the time. “I didn’t leave anything out there.”

Abbott, a climbing specialist, described herself as “course dependent.” Unlike the Rio course, she does not believe the 2020 Tokyo Olympic course would be suited to her strengths.

“Tokyo is slated to be one for the sprinters—effectively not the same sport for me, really,” Abbott wrote.

Abbott wrote on Twitter late last night that she is still working on what her future will look like.

She is a two-time winner of the Giro Rosa.