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World Championships: Neben wins women's individual time trial title

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Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands), Amber Neben (USA) and Katrin Garfoot (Australia) on the podium

Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands), Amber Neben (USA) and Katrin Garfoot (Australia) on the podium
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Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) riding to silver

Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) riding to silver (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) finished tenth

Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) finished tenth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The sun sets on Doha after the women's TT

The sun sets on Doha after the women's TT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Carmen Small (USA) ride with a camelback for hydration purposes

Carmen Small (USA) ride with a camelback for hydration purposes (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Audrey Cordon (France)

Audrey Cordon (France) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elena Cecchini (Italy)

Elena Cecchini (Italy) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)

Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)

Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands) riding to an impressive fifth place just months after her horrific Rio crash

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands) riding to an impressive fifth place just months after her horrific Rio crash (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) was third

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) was third (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) rides into bronze

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) rides into bronze (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia)

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)

Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The women's podium pose for the photographers

The women's podium pose for the photographers (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben soaking in her second Worlds victory as the national anthem plays

Amber Neben soaking in her second Worlds victory as the national anthem plays (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben (USA) back on the top step of the Worlds podium

Amber Neben (USA) back on the top step of the Worlds podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Former champion Lisa Brennauer (Germany) rides to sixth place

Former champion Lisa Brennauer (Germany) rides to sixth place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands)

Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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11th for Lotta Lepisto (Finland)

11th for Lotta Lepisto (Finland) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)

Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben (United States Of America) riding to the gold

Amber Neben (United States Of America) riding to the gold (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lisa Brennauer (Germany)

Lisa Brennauer (Germany) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) rides to bronze at the World Championships in Doha

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) rides to bronze at the World Championships in Doha (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)

Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)
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Haley Simmonds (Great Britain)

Haley Simmonds (Great Britain)
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Elena Cecchini (Italy)

Elena Cecchini (Italy)
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Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)

Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)
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Amber Neben (USA) celebrates her second world title, eight years after her first

Amber Neben (USA) celebrates her second world title, eight years after her first
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Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Beatha Ingabire (Rwanda)

Beatha Ingabire (Rwanda) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia)

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Amber Neben (USA) on her world championship ride in Doha

Amber Neben (USA) on her world championship ride in Doha (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Amber Neben (USA) on her world championship ride in Doha

Amber Neben (USA) on her world championship ride in Doha (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Julie Leth (Denmark)

Julie Leth (Denmark) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) rides to silver at the World Championships in Doha

Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) rides to silver at the World Championships in Doha (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) with the silver medal in Doha

Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) with the silver medal in Doha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk, Amber Neben and Katrin Garfoot on the Worlds podium in Doha

Ellen van Dijk, Amber Neben and Katrin Garfoot on the Worlds podium in Doha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)

Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Carmen Small (USA)

Carmen Small (USA) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ann-Sophie Duyck (Belgium)

Ann-Sophie Duyck (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)

Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia)

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia)

Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lisa Brennauer (Germany)

Lisa Brennauer (Germany) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben (USA) world champion in 2016

Amber Neben (USA) world champion in 2016 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ellen van Dijk, Amber Neben and Katrin Garfoot on the Worlds podium in Doha

Ellen van Dijk, Amber Neben and Katrin Garfoot on the Worlds podium in Doha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA) stunned the women's time trial field at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, claiming the rainbow bands at the age of 41, a full eight years on from her first world time trial title won in 2008 in Varese, Italy.

As was the case with 43-year-old Kristin Amstrong’s Olympic time trial victory in Rio this summer, the winner was an American and the oldest rider in the field, as Neben clocked 36:37.04 on the sinous 28.9km on Doha’s 'Pearl' island.

Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands), the current European champion and a former 2013 world champion herself, was a close second at six seconds, with Australia's Katrin Garfoot finishing eight seconds down to take the bronze medal, having finished just outside the podium in Richmond last year.

Neben was in the second wave of riders, and had to wait a full 90 minutes before the last rider crossed the line ensuring her time stood as fastest.

"It's so unbelievable. My heart hasn't stopped beating since I finished," Neben said.

"It was a long wait – I think I used more energy sitting there waiting than I did on the bike. I was so nervous, it was so hard to watch. I feel for Ellen, but at the same time I'm so excited to be able to hold on.

Neben produced an assured ride in the Qatar heat, steadily turning over a big gear at a low cadence, and compared to some of the riders she was on the road with at the same time, including Trixi Worrack and Annemiek van Vleuten, her split times indicated that she was doing something special.

The final batch of riders was where the true danger lied, and Neben twitched uncomfortably in the hotseat when pre-race favourite Van Dijk beat her time at the second intermediate checkpoint after 13.7km.

Garfoot was a constant threat, too, as was Olympic silver medallist Olga Zabelinskaya, though the Russian faded markedly in the final portion of the course, as has been the case with so many riders here.

"The difference, I think, was the mental perseverance, to have that extra power to finish strong," Neben said. "Traditionally I am a pretty steady rider, I'm not real fast in the beginning so I try to just sustain it and be steady."

It was clear from quite early on that Olympic bronze medallist Anna van der Breggen was not having the best of days, compounding the Dutch disappointment after Annemiek Van Vleuten had to kill her speed on approach to a roundabout as Phetdarin Somrat failed to move over when she was being caught. The Thai rider, who had missed her start time due to a mechanical on the start ramp, was disqualified, capping a thoroughly miserable day.

Van der Breggen was the last rider out on the course, and only when she crossed the line could Neben, who had just watched Germany's Lisa Brennaeur finish almost minute back, engage in celebration.

The American, who served a doping ban in 2003 for unintentional ingestion of a banned product, claimed her first World Championships time trial title in Varese back in 2008 but this one tasted even sweeter. 

"I think this one is more special because of everything that's happened between 2008 and now," she said. "There have been so many things I've had to persevere through. Just the struggle and being resilient and persevering, getting up and not giving up. I'm speechless."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country)Result
1Amber Neben (United States Of America)0:36:37.04
2Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands)0:00:05.99
3Katrin Garfoot (Australia)0:00:08.32
4Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)0:00:11.52
5Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)0:00:25.79
6Lisa Brennauer (Germany)0:00:57.59
7Trixi Worrack (Germany)0:01:11.14
8Ann-Sophie Duyck (Belgium)0:01:27.96
9Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)0:01:36.49
10Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)0:01:41.59
11Lotta Lepisto (Finland)0:01:57.00
12Carmen Small (United States Of America)0:02:02.15
13Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands)0:02:11.26
14Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)0:02:23.33
15Elena Cecchini (Italy)0:02:30.28
16Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)0:02:30.40
17Julie Leth (Denmark)0:02:31.71
18Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa)0:02:45.92
19Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)0:02:48.62
20Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)0:02:53.51
21Eri Yonamine (Japan)0:03:01.79
22Audrey Cordon (France)0:03:14.58
23Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan)0:03:21.20
24Olga Shekel (Ukraine)0:03:28.05
25Hayley Simmonds (Great Britain)0:03:47.18
26Valeriya Kononenko (Ukraine)0:03:58.87
27Anastasiia Iakovenko (Russian Federation)0:04:02.19
28Anna Turvey (Ireland)0:04:14.85
29Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)0:04:15.13
30Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)0:04:55.32
31Varvara Fasoi (Greece)0:05:09.59
32Samantha Sanders (South Africa)0:05:55.31
33Mossana Debesai (Eritrea)0:06:53.51
34Ebtissam Mohamed (Egypt)0:08:15.53
35Wehazit Kidane (Eritrea)0:08:56.92
36Hong Guo (People's Republic of China)0:09:42.89
37Jiajun Sun (People's Republic of China)0:10:13.91
38Najla Aljeraiwi (Kuweit)0:10:19.49
39Beatha Ingabire (Rwanda)0:13:25.25
40Nada Aljeraiwi (Kuweit)0:15:10.15
DSQPhetdarin Somrat (Thailand)

 

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