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Twitter / Amber Neben

Hope things improve for Amber

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Twitter / Addy Albershardt

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This is the new name for Diadora-Pasta Zara - and Neben will join Italians Giada Borgato and Rossella Callovi, Lithuanians Inga Cilvinaite, Edita Janeliunaite and Agne Silinyte, and another American Amber, Amber Pierce

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Nice interview by track star Dotsie Bausch - click through and read it!

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"Adversity. There isn’t a champion in the world who hasn’t been through it in some regard. It is often said that what holds us back the most is our own mind. For athletes, sometimes taking a peek into someone else’s mind can help us gain strength and motivation. When life throws its infamous curveballs, here are some reminders that even Olympians and world and national champions have struggled, rebuilt and overcome the challenges they’ve faced."

Riding with the Pros - Kathryn Bertine - Cycling champions overcome adversity - espnW

On North Americans Dotsie Bausch, Amber Neben, Tina Pic and Jasmin Glaesser

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GP De Plouay-Bretagne 2012: Amber Neben (Specialized - Lululemon) Made An Attack, But It Didn’t Split The Leaders, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
More photos of the GP Plouay World Cup on Cyclingnews
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Team Specialized-Lululemon wins TTT @UCI Road Women World Cup (by ucichannel)

Uncommentated video, with an interview with Evie Stevens at the end

1.   Specialized-lululemon (Stevens, Teutenberg, Worrack & Neben, 0:52:58
2.   GreenEdge-AIS (Arndt, Villumsen, Gillow & Häusler), + 00:28
3.   Rabobank (Vos, Antoshina, Slappendel & De Jong), + 01:49
4.   AA Drink-Leontien.nl (Pooley, Laws, Olds, Brand), + 02:44
5.   RusVelo (Molicheva, Kupfernagel, Kasper & Bondarenko), + 03:20

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And after a crazy four years in between then and now, including immediately winning the world championship and staying on target the first part of 2009 to two years of struggles and not having full seasons back-to-back years because of three surgeries involving plates, screws, and a skin graft, a broken shoulder and one torn adductor, I recovered in 2011 with a solid season.

Things also went according to plan this spring, and now, I have been named to the team. I have another chance to go for gold… to really GO FOR GOLD… to help TEAM USA in the road race and to go for it in the TT. Unbelievable. But believable. Can you tell I am excited?!!!

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Amber Neben Diary: Focused and driven toward London

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2012 Nature Valley Grand Prix Stage 1 - ITT (by Rick Fuentes)

1. Carmen Small (Optum-Kelly)
2. Jackie Crowell (Exergy TWENTY12)
3. Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon)

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Women’s road cycling:

Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY 12) – road race & time trial
Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon) – road race & time trial
Shelley Olds (AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team)
Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)

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USA Cycling Announces Olympic Games Road Team Selections | Cyclingnews.com

I really feel for Megan Guarnier, not getting a spot - but I suppose, even though she hasn’t been racing internationally, Armstrong would always get the place, as she won the ITT 4 years ago.  Glad Olds is going, though - she really deserves it.

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Nature Valley Grand Prix 2012 - Stage 1: Carmen Small (Optum Pro Cycling P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) Won The TT And Claimed The Leader’s Jersey, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Carmen Small (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, 0:17:302.   Jackie Crowell (USA) Exergy TWENTY12, + 00:093.   Amber Neben (USA) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.4.   Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, + 00:135.   Kristin McGrath (USA) Exergy TWENTY12, + 00:196.   Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, + 00:227.   Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, s.t.8.   Brianna Walle (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team, + 00:259.   Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:2610. Amber Gaffney (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching, + 00:30
Stage 1 results and race report
More photos of the Stage 1 ITT on Cyclingnews

Nature Valley Grand Prix 2012 - Stage 1: Carmen Small (Optum Pro Cycling P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) Won The TT And Claimed The Leader’s Jersey, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Carmen Small (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, 0:17:30
2.   Jackie Crowell (USA) Exergy TWENTY12, + 00:09
3.   Amber Neben (USA) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
4.   Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, + 00:13
5.   Kristin McGrath (USA) Exergy TWENTY12, + 00:19
6.   Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, + 00:22
7.   Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, s.t.
8.   Brianna Walle (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team, + 00:25
9.   Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:26
10. Amber Gaffney (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching, + 00:30

Stage 1 results and race report

More photos of the Stage 1 ITT on Cyclingnews

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"It is such a pleasure to be a part of a team of professionals who come ready to compete and race hard, and at the same time, like to have fun, laugh, and enjoy the moment. I think the off-the-bike chemistry, the willingness to sacrifice for each other in the races, and the individual discipline and preparation each of us puts into our training made us and will continue to make us a TEAM to be reckoned with."

Amber Neben diary: Complete world domination

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The Exergy Tour 2012: Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) Takes Home The Overall Win, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
Final General Classification
1.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon, 8:15:372.   Amber Neben (USA) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:503.   Clara Hughes (Can) Specialized-lululemon, + 01:024.   Shara Gillow (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS, + 01:165.   Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS, + 01:236.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS, + 01:407.   Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Canada, + 01:508.   Kristin McGrath (USA) Exergy Twenty12, + 02:019.   Carmen McNellis Small (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, +02:1210. Megan Guarnier (USA) Tibco-To the Top, + 02:32 
More photos from Stage 4 on Cyclingnews

The Exergy Tour 2012: Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) Takes Home The Overall Win, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

Final General Classification

1.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon, 8:15:37
2.   Amber Neben (USA) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:50
3.   Clara Hughes (Can) Specialized-lululemon, + 01:02
4.   Shara Gillow (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS, + 01:16
5.   Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS, + 01:23
6.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS, + 01:40
7.   Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Canada, + 01:50
8.   Kristin McGrath (USA) Exergy Twenty12, + 02:01
9.   Carmen McNellis Small (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, +02:12
10. Megan Guarnier (USA) Tibco-To the Top, + 02:32 

More photos from Stage 4 on Cyclingnews

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Stage 4, The Exergy Tour 2012: Amber Neben (Specialized-Lululemon) Tucked In For The Ride., Photos | Cyclingnews.com
More photos from Stage 4 on Cyclingnews
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2012 Exergy Tour Stg 2’s TT winner, Amber Neben talks about her victory & being new race leader.MPG (by ExergyTour)