VIENNA — American Rebecca Twigg-Whitehead recaptured the individual pursuit title Friday night in the World Cycling Championships.
Whitehead, world champion in the event in 1982, '84 and '85, beat arch-rival Jeannie Longo of France in the final with a time of 3 minutes 41.14 seconds. Longo was timed in 3:44.00.
Another American, Mindy Mayfield, won the bronze medal.
Longo, who edged Whitehead in Colorado last year to win the world pursuit gold medal, led by a half-second midway through the three-kilometer race here.
But then Whitehead picked up the pace. As U.S. women's Coach Sue Novara-Reber waved her arms wildly in encouragement, Whitehead moved into the lead with three laps to go and finished a comfortable 2.86 seconds ahead.