Neben defends national time trial title

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Amber Neben defended her time trial title at the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Road Championships in Knoxville. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Amber Neben successfully defended her title as U.S. national time trial champion on Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The 43-year-old former world champion, riding for PX4 Sports, finished the 22.8-kilometer course in 29:43.

“At 43, back-to-back national championships is really a special thing,” Neben said. “You know, God is still moving, still working. I don’t take anything for granted. I had seven or eight second places before I won my first title in 2012. So then to win two in two years, it’s crazy. It’s special for sure.”

Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) came home 15 seconds down to nab runner-up honors on the day, while Emma White finished third with a time of 30:22, wrapping up the under-23 national title as well.

“Being the U23 champion is very special, but I think third in the pro race is something even more special for me,” said White. “I haven’t been on the pro podium at a national championship before, so I’m really happy with that. This year it was big for me to come back and race even harder. The jersey is so special.”