Amber Neben

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Amber Neben
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Amber Neben at stage 8 of the 2001 Women's Challenge
Personal information
Full name Amber Neben
Born (1975-02-18) February 18, 1975 (age 40)
Irvine, California, United States of America
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 48 kg (106 lb) (2008)[1]
Team information
Current team Visit Dallas-Noise
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Allround [2]
Amateur team(s)
2015 Visit Dallas-Noise
Professional team(s)
2002 Cannondale
2003-2004 T-Mobile Team
2005-2008 Team Flexpoint[2]
2009 Nurnberger[3][4]
2010 Webcor Builders Cycling Team
2011 HTC-Highroad Women
2012 Team Specialized–lululemon
2013 Pasta Zara-Cogeas[5]
Major wins
Arc en ciel.svg 2008 UCI Woman's World Time Trial Champion
Infobox last updated on
June 10, 2012

Amber Neben (born February 18, 1975)[2] is an American racing cyclist who won the UCI world time trial championship in 2008 and the U.S. national road race championship in 2003. She is the only active American female cyclist to win multiple UCI category 1 stage races, having won the Gracia Tour in 2002, the Tour du Montreal in 2003 and the Tour de l'Aude in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2012 Neben rode for Specialized–lululemon.


Age the age of four Neben survived a bout of spinal meningitis, which left her in a coma for three days. Doctors told her parents that she was unlikely to survive, and that if she did, she would probably have endured brain damage and have lost her hearing.[6] Neben played soccer and ran cross-country in junior high and high school. She attended the University of Nebraska on a track and cross-country scholarship,. Stress fractures stopped her running and she became an undergraduate assistant coach in distance running. She took up cycling after graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She then obtained a Master's degree in biology from the University of California, Irvine, having originally commenced studies for a PhD. Whilst she was at UC Irvine she scored a top 10 finish at the national collegiate cycling championships, which persuaded her to exit with her Master's degree and focus on professional cycling.[6]

She concentrated first on mountain biking but her greatest success was on the road. She won the Rupert to Pomerelle stage of the 2001 Women's Challenge race with its long, steep climb to the finish, the fourth American to win a stage at the Women's Challenge since it became a UCI event. She then concentrated on road cycling and was picked for the road world championship team in 2001 and 2002.

Neben tested positive for the banned substance 19-norandrosterone in 2003, after the Montreal World Cup race. The results were not confirmed until after the Tour du Montreal, which she won. Neben appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] and accepted a provisional suspension from mid-July 2003. Neben said the positive test came from contaminated supplements. The North American CAS ruled in October 2003 that doping had occurred but that it was not intentional. Neben was suspended, in a split decision, for six months, starting from the provisional ban. She would have to be tested for drugs regularly for the following 18 months.

Neben raced again in 2004. She missed placing first by eight seconds in the time trial selection race for the Olympic Games. In spring 2005, she won the Tour de l'Aude in France. She won again in 2006. She was picked for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and came 33rd in the road race event in Beijing.[7] Later in 2008 she became the World TT Champion.[8]

In 2007 she underwent a successful program of treatment for melanoma.[6]

Neben made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team for the Women's road race, along with Kristin Armstrong, Shelley Olds and Evelyn Stevens. In the Women's time trial she finished 7th.

She is married to Jason, an assistant professor of education at Concordia University Irvine.[6]


1st Stage victory, GP Féminin International du Canada (cat. 2)
1st Cascade Cycling Classic
1st 3 stage victories
5th Women's Challenge (cat. 1)
1st Stage victory, Women's Challenge
2nd United States National Road Race Championships
1st California State TT Championships (cat I-III)
2nd United States National Road Race Championships
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
2nd Housatonic Valley Classic
1st Gracia Cez-Ede (cat. 1)
1st Mountains jersey, Gracia Cez-Ede
1st Stage victory, Gracia Cez-Ede
1st Le Tour du Montreal
1st United States United States National Road Race Championships
4th Gracia Tour
Stage victory, Gracia Tour
7th Giro della Toscana (cat. 1)
Stage victory, Giro della Toscana
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
1st Tour de l'Aude (cat. 1)
Stage victory, Tour de l'Aude
2006 – Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team 2006 season
2nd La Route de France Feminin (cat. 2)
2nd L'Heure D'Or Feminin
2nd Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen (cat. 1)
3rd United States National Road Race Championships
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
1st Pan American Cycling Championships Time Trial
1st Tour de l'Aude (cat. 1)
2nd Gracia Tour (cat. 2)
1st Redlands Bicycle Classic
2 stage victories, Redlands Bicycle Classic
2nd 2007 Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen
1st Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Stage victory, Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Route de France Féminine
1st Stage victory, Route de France Féminine
2nd Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
3rd United States National Road Race Championships
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
3rd Giro San Marino
2008 – Team Flexpoint 2008 season
3rd Grand Prix de Suisse / Souvenir Magali Pache
2nd overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
3rd stage 5
2nd stage 6
2nd stage 7
1st overall Tour Cycliste Féminin International Ardèche
2nd stage 2
2nd stage 4
3rd 2008 Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen
1st Arc en ciel.svgUCI Road World Championships - Time Trial
1st stage 3 Gracia-Orlová
1st stage 2 Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin - Team Time Trial
1st stage 2 Giro d'Italia Femminile
2nd Overall Women's Tour of New Zealand
1st stage 4 - Time Trial
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
2011 – HTC-Highroad 2011 season
1st GP Stad Roeselare
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Chrono des Nations
2012 – Team Specialized–lululemon 2012 season
1st Pan American Cycling Championships Time Trial
4th overall Vuelta a El Salvador
1st stage 2
1st stage 3b
1st Team time trial, 2012 UCI Road World Championships (together with Ellen van Dijk, Charlotte Becker, Evelyn Stevens, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Trixi Worrack)
4th Road race, UCI Road Race World Championships
2nd Overall Cascade Classic Stage Race
1st Overall San Dimas Stage Race
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
2nd Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic[9]
3rd Overall Joe Martin Stage Race[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Amber Neben". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Amber Neben Team Profile". Team Flexpoint. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Amber Neben - Team". Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ Dreier, Fred (March 26, 2009). "Amber Neben, Ben Day win the prologue at Redlands". VeloNews. Archived from the original on March 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  5. ^ Amber Neben profile at Cycling Archives
  6. ^ a b c d "Amber Neben". USA Cycling. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cycling - Women's Road Race". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Neben wins élite women's time trial world championship". USA Cycling. Archived from the original on September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  9. ^ Malach, Pat (13 April 2015). "Gaimon, Abbott take Redlands overall". Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Murphy, Stephens win Joe Martin Stage Race titles". 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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