Judith Arndt wins time trial at worlds

Updated: September 20, 2011, 2:14 PM ET
Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Judith Arndt of Germany won the time trial at the road cycling world championship Tuesday ahead of Linda Villumsen of New Zealand and defending champion Emma Pooley of Britain.

Arndt completed the rainy 17.2-mile circuit through central Copenhagen in 37 minutes, 7 seconds, beating Villumsen by 21 seconds.

Arndt trailed Clara Hughes of Canada -- a former Olympic speedskater turned cyclist -- after the first lap but was stronger over the second half. Hughes finished fifth.

Amber Neben of the United States was 41 seconds back in eighth. Neben bumped Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong from the U.S. time trial team last week after lodging a protest with USA Cycling.

Former Olympic and world champion Jeannie Longo of France withdrew from the championships last week when her husband was suspended by the French Cycling Federation over allegations he bought the performance-enhancing substance EPO.

Longo, France's most successful cyclist, won the first of her 13 world road and track titles in 1985 and picked up an Olympic road race gold medal in Atlanta in 1996.

In the junior men's time trial, Mads Wurtz Schmidt won a gold medal for Denmark by finishing in 35:07.68 to beat James Oram of New Zealand. David Edwards of Australia was third.


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