Aspen’s Mickey in 3rd at Gila |

Aspen’s Mickey in 3rd at Gila

Aspen pro bicycle racer Abby Mickey is in third place overall after the first two stages of the annual Tour of the Gila in Silver City, N.M.

Mickey, riding for Twenty16 Pro Cycling, is 1:31 back of overall leader Mara Abbott of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling. Abbott is widely considered one of the top female road racers and climbers in the world.

Mickey, a former University of Colorado road racer and first-year pro, is wearing the jersey of the best young rider (U26) at the New Mexico stage race.

Flavi Oliveira of FCX/Zngine is second to Abbott after Thursday’s Stage 2, known as the Inner Loop Road Race.

Carmen Small of Durango (DNA Cycling) won Thursday’s pro women’s road race (75 miles) in 3:35:44.

She edged Joanne Kiesanowski of Team TIBCO at the line.

Lauren Stephens, also of Team TIBCO, was a second back.

Then there was a group of 13 cyclists, including Mickey and Abbott, :03 back of Thursday’s winner.

In Wednesday’s opening stage, Abbott won the 73-mile Mogollon Road Race in 3:12:53, showcasing her climbing skills at the finish.

Oliveira was second at 3:13:48.

And Aspen’s Mickey made the podium in third place at 3:14:24.

Mickey signed a pro racing contract this year after vaulting into the cycling spotlight with a victory last Memorial Day in the annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race from Durango to Silverton — a race Abbott has won five times.

Abbott also is a three-time overall champion of the Tour of Gila. And she’s a two-time winner of the Giro Rosa in Europe.

The cyclists in New Mexico will compete in the Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone Time Trial today, a 16.15-mile out-and-back course in Silver City.

A downtown criterium in Silver City is scheduled for Saturday.

And the featured Gila Monster Road Race will be Sunday, a 70-mile test with 5,600 feet of climbing.

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