In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: A second world time trial championship for American Amber Neben as she wins in Qatar; American Brandon McNulty takes rainbow jersey in junior men’s world TT title; Aussie Luke Durbridge extends with Orica-BikeExchange through 2018; UKAD investigation into Wiggins can’t compel doctor to reveal nature of medical package; IOC proposes changes to anti-doping protocols that could separate WADA from drug testing oversight; Ambitious Dempster takes on road captain role with Cycling Academy team; Katusha takes on Alpecin as co-title sponsor, will register as Swiss team in 2017; Specialized issues “Stop Sale Notice” on 2016 Venge ViAS frames with rim brakes; 70 bike messengers converge in Brooklyn for North American Cycle Courier Championship; Video: On the road with Rally Cycling’s Pierrick Naud and his 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon camper
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Eight years after winning her first world title in the individual time trial in Varese, Italy, American Amber Neben proved once again to be the fastest woman in the world. Neben clocked a 36:37.04 to earn her second career UCI time trial world championship, edging out Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) by 5.99 seconds, and Katrin Garfoot (Australia) by 8.32 seconds. The 21st rider out of the gate, Neben spent nearly half of the contest in the hot seat before finally claiming her second rainbow jersey.
After two laps in The Pearl totalling 28.9 kilometres, Neben averaged more than 47 kilometres per hour. At age 41 she became the second-oldest woman to be the world TT champion, after Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, who claimed the title aged 42 in 2001.
“It’s so unbelievable,” said Neben, who was not selected for the U.S. Olympic team this year, and lost an appeal in arbitration over the team berth. “Traditionally I am a steady rider, not real fast in the beginning, and then I just try to sustain. I think the difference was really just mental perseverance.”
Van Dijk appeared to be on course to beat Neben’s time, setting the fastest intermediate times at the first two time checks, but she couldn’t hold on to her advantage. At the third split she was two seconds behind. With Neben watching nervously from the hot seat, van Dijk crossed the finish line 5.99 seconds adrift.
“It was such a long wait, I was using more energy siting there in the hot seat than out there on the bike,” Neben said. The victory puts Neben in the company of Kristin Armstrong (USA), Judith Arndt (Germany), Jeannie Longo (France), Karin Thurig (Switzerland), and Leontien van Moorsel (Netherlands) as the only women to win multiple world TT championships.
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VAN DIJK Ellen
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
Today’s feature image of Amber Neben, from Cor Vos, was taken during the podium ceremony after the women’s time trial championship at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.