Three months ago Trixi Worrack (Canyon//SRAM) had her fully ruptured kidney removed after a crash at the Alfredo Trofeo Binda race in Italy.
Yesterday she stood on the top step of the podium at her national road cycling championships in Germany.
Worrack's time on the 26.2km course was 36 minutes and 47 seconds, 21 seconds faster than Stephanie Pohl (Cervelo Bigla) and 50 seconds faster than team-mate Llisa Brennauer.
"I'm super pleased today. I saw the course once before. It was hilly with no real flat sections and at the end a harder climb." said Worrack.
"Mieke (Kröger), Lisa (Brennauer) and I all started one after the other, so I had Alex Bauer and Erik Zabel in the car following me. I wasn't sure really how hard to go at the start of the race. Because of my long break from racing I didn't know how long I could sustain the power for in a time trial for 26km."