Amber Neben

Amber Neben

Amber Neben during the Giro Rosa 2016
Personal information
Full name Amber Neben
Born (1975-02-18) February 18, 1975
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 Bepink
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
2015– Bepink
Major wins
UCI World Time Trial Champion (2008, 2016)

Amber Neben (born February 18, 1975)[2] is an American racing cyclist who won the UCI world time trial championship in 2016 and 2008 as well as the U.S. national road race championship in 2003.


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.[5] 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.[5]

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 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.[6] Later in 2008 she became the World TT Champion.[7]

In 2007 she underwent a successful program of treatment for melanoma.[5]

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.[5]


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.


1st Stage 1 GP Féminin International du Canada
1st Cascade Cycling Classic
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3 victories
1st California State TT Championships
2nd United States National Road Race Championships
5th Women's Challenge
1st Stage 1
1st Gracia Cez-Ede
1st Mountains Classification
1st Stage 3
2nd United States National Road Race Championships
2nd United States National Time Trial Championships
2nd Housatonic Valley Classic
1st Le Tour du Montreal
1st National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Gracia Tour
1st Stage 2
2nd National Time Trial Championships
7th Overall Giro della Toscana
1st Stage 2
1st Overall Tour de l'Aude
1st Stage 3
2nd National Time Trial Championships
1st Pan American Cycling Championships Time Trial
1st Tour de l'Aude
1st Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Stage 1 & 2
2nd La Route de France Feminin
2nd L'Heure D'Or Feminin
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
2nd Overall Gracia Tour
3rd National Road Race Championships
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd 2007 Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen
1st Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Stage 2
1st Overall Route de France Féminine
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
2nd National Time Trial Championships
3rd National Road Race Championships
3rd Giro San Marino
1st World Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour Cycliste Féminin International Ardèche
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
3rd Grand Prix de Suisse
3rd 2008 Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen
1st Stage 3 Gracia-Orlová
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
1st Stage 2 Giro d'Italia Femminile
2nd Overall Women's Tour of New Zealand
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2nd National Time Trial Championships
1st GP Stad Roeselare
1st Chrono des Nations
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen

2012 Team Specialized–lululemon 2012 season
1st Team time trial, 2012 UCI Road World Championships (together with Ellen van Dijk, Charlotte Becker, Evelyn Stevens, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Trixi Worrack)
1st Pan American Cycling Championships Time Trial
4th Overall Vuelta a El Salvador
1st Stages 2 & 3b
4th World Road Race Championships
2nd Overall Cascade Classic
1st Overall San Dimas Stage Race
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
2nd Overall La Route de France
2nd Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic[8]
3rd Overall Joe Martin Stage Race[9]
3rd United States National Time Trial Championships[10]
3rd Overall Cascade Cycling Classic[11]
4th Tour of California Women's Time Trial[12]
4th Chrono des Nations[13]
1st World Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 4 (ITT) & 5 La Route de France
1st Chrono Gatineau

See also


  1. 1 2 "Amber Neben". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  2. 1 2 3 "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. 1 2 3 4 "Amber Neben". USA Cycling. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. "Cycling - Women's Road Race". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  7. "Neben wins élite women's time trial world championship". USA Cycling. Archived from the original on September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  8. Malach, Pat (13 April 2015). "Gaimon, Abbott take Redlands overall". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  9. "Murphy, Stephens win Joe Martin Stage Race titles". 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  10. "Kristin Armstrong wins women's US pro time trial". 23 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  11. "Smith, Dvorak win Cascade overall titles". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  12. Burns, Ted (16 May 2015). "Stevens wins Tour of California time trial". Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  13. "Antoshina wins Chrono des Nations". 18 October 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.

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