I’m not crying. You’re crying.
This is Mara Abbott, a professional cyclist from Boulder, Colorado, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics women’s road race on Sunday.
Abbott led the pack up one of the course's hardest climbs, Vista Chinesa, during the almost four-hour race. She watched as Dutch rider Annemie van Vleuten suffered a horrific crash on the downhill, then pushed ahead.
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With a flat 10 kilometers ahead of her, Abbott was in the gold medal position, until a pack of three worked to overtake her.
The Netherlands' Anna van der Breggen, Sweden's Emma Johansson, and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini drafted behind each other until they were eventually able to pass Abbott on the turn.
In the final seconds of the race, with the finish line IN SIGHT, Abbott slipped from first to fourth place.
:HEARTS BREAKING ACROSS AMERICA: