Kuna

Armstrong's Olympic rivals finish 1-2 in Exergy Time Trial

KUNA, Idaho (AP) — Amber Neben won the 10.4-mile time trial second stage of the Exergy Tour on Saturday in the southwestern Idaho town of Kuna and moved into the overall race lead.

With the win Neben also made a statement on why she should get one of two spots to represent the United States at the London Olympics in the time trial this summer.

Neben finished with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds, some 15 seconds ahead of one of her chief rivals for an Olympic berth, Evelyn Stevens. The third racer in the mix, Boise-based Kristin Armstrong and the 2008 gold medalist in the event, sat out the race after breaking her collarbone in a crash in Thursday evening's prologue.

"I was disappointed [Armstrong] wasn't out here," Neben told media after expressing her sadness for Armstrong's crash. "It was the one chance we were all going to have to go head-to-head against eachother, but it just wasn't to be," she said.

Neben called her finish "really important" to her Olympic efforts, but said she tried not to get too wrapped up in any race to impress the selection committee.

"I just going to keep racing, enjoying what i'm doing and working toward that ultimate goal. It's going to be in the hands of the selection committee," she said.

"Over the course of the last year, I've had some really good results - and made some really good statements," she said.

Today will be a part of it," Neben said. "But won't be all of it."

The U.S. Olympic cycling selection committee will announce its team June 15.

Canadian Clara Hughes placed third Saturday with a time of 21:57.