In retrospect Megan Guarnier’s trajectory to the 2016 Rio Olympics seems clear. She strung together an impressive series of big results starting in 2011 when she won the Giro di Toscana. In 2012 she put together a string of top 10 finishes in the European spring racing calendar, and won her first US National Road Race Championship. In 2013 she moved to Europe to race for Rabobank, one of the top teams in the world. A year later she joined Boels-Dolmans, another top European team.

It sounds logical but her path has been anything but straightforward.

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