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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dutch Rider Edges Russia's Zabirova




VALKENBURG, Netherlands -- Dutch rider Leontien van Moorsel capped her comeback with a victory in the elite women's time trial with Lance Armstrong looking for a chance for his.


Van Moorsel won the top women's time trial Wednesday by less than half a second over Russian Olympic champion Zoulfia Zabirova. She was timed in 31 minutes, 51.14 seconds over the 23-kilometer course f just 0.38 second ahead of Zabirova.


Hanka Huffernagel of Germany was third, less than three seconds back.


Jeannie Longo of France, who had won the three previous world time trials and was seeking her 13th overall title, was fifth, more than 24 seconds behind. Lithuanian Diana Ziliute was fourth


Van Moorsel was making a comeback after winning the road championship in 1991 and 1993, and the track pursuit title back in 1990.


Zabirova accepted the close defeat with an eye for the future. "Last year I was second by a second. Now it is less than half a second,'' she said. "Maybe next year.''


While the women had finished their time trials, the men concentrated on their event Thursday with cool weather again predicted.


Armstrong is looking for a comeback after cancer forced him to miss the last two world championships.


The 27-year old Armstrong, an American who announced he had testicular cancer just before the world championships two years ago, returns to the event as one of the favorites. He won the road title in 1993.


With temperatures about 6 degrees Celsius, Armstrong immediately after ariving bought himself a winter jacket to protect against the cold after overnight rains in the southern Netherlands.


The Austin, Texas rider's return hasn't been easy after taking the 1997 season off to battle his cancer with chemotherapy and operations. His cancer is in remission now.