American cyclist Amber Neben clocked the fastest time at the women's time trial at the world road championships in Varese, Italy. Beijing gold medalist Kristin Armstrong could only end 5th, while French veteran Jeannie Longo, 49, came 13th.
Neben surged round the course in the northern Italian town in 33 minutes 51 seconds with silver medallist Christiane Soeder of
Italian Adriano Malori delighted the home crowd by winning the men's under-23 time trial on Tuesday, the first race in this year's championships.
The men's time trial takes place on Thursday with the field wide open after world and Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland pulled out because of tiredness.
The event ends with the men's elite road race on Sunday when local hope Paolo Bettini bids for his third world title in a row.
Date created : 2008-09-24