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

At this time in 2016, Lauren De Crescenzo was in a rehabilitation center 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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