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USA Rider Amber Neben Takes UCI World Championships ITT Title

The first British rider home was Hannah Barnes in 14th and Hayley Simmonds was 25th

The UCI World Championships continued in Qatar today, with the individual Time Trial – and it was USA rider Amber Neben who finished in the top position.

Neben completed the course in 36’37”, just over 5 seconds behind was Ellen van Dijk (The Netherlands) and in third was Katrin Garfoot of Australia.

The first GB rider home was Hannah Barnes, who came in at 14th place, 2 minutes 23 seconds behind the leader. In 25th place was Hayley Simmonds, 3 minutes 47 behind Neben. National Champion Simmonds is fairly new to the sport, and took 26th place last year in her first ever National Championships.

Neben rides for the trade team BePink, and at 41-years-old last held this title back in 2008. This year, she won the ITT at La Route de France as well as claiming the honours in Stage 5.

Amber Neben (USA) on her way to victory. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.
Amber Neben (USA) is followed my a moto in Qatar. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.

Neben recorded the fastest time at the first check. She was briefly overtaken by 2013 World Champion Van Dijk, but made that time back up in the final stages.

The elite women raced over the same course as junior men and women, covering 28.9km of twisty, technical roads. This was a race for a rider with plenty of watts in the bank as well as expert handling skills.

Riders have been suffering with incredibly hot and humid conditions in Qatar – in the Team Time Trial Rabo Liv rider Anouska Koster crashed heavily and video footage shows she was incredibly disorientated when remounting her bike.

This said, the UCI have responded to complaints around a lack of provision for the 40 degree heat, laying on greater air conditioning at start/finish ramps and more ambulances.

The next event for the elite women is the road race – it’ll be one to favour the sprinters, and we chatted to Chloe Hosking about her hopes for the rainbow stripes here. 

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