How Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) became World Champion U23 (video)
On 29 September Taylor Phinney, a young 20-year old rider, became World Champion under 23 in the time trial in Melbourne, Australia (almost 2 seconds ahead of the Australian rider Luke Durbridge). 2 days later he took the 3rd place in the road race (shared with the Canadian Guillaume Boivin and behind the Australian Michael Matthews and the German John Degenkolb).
Phinney is a promising young rider who will be part of the BMC Racing Team of former World Champion Cadel Evans in 2011.
In this article you'll find a short movie about the search for gold by Taylor Phinney during the World Championships.
Who is Taylor Phinney
Maybe you don't know Taylor Phinney yet? He's a 20-year old American rider, born in Boulder (Colorado) on 27 June 1990, who was part of the U23 team of Team Radioshack in 2010, Trek-Livestrong. On 1 August he became a stagiair with Team Radioshack.
Phinney showed some very interesting results, both on the road and on the track. He won for example the individual pursuit during the Track World Championships in 2009 and in 2010, but also already showed to be a good time trialist on the road by winning the American Championships elite.
On the road Taylor Phinney also is a promissing Classics rider since he won Paris-Roubaix Espoirs in 2009 and in 2010. The 2011 edition of Paris-Roubaix Espoirs was recently threatened by financial problems but fortunately ASO came to help for the espoirs version of the pro cycling race which is organised by the company from Issy-les-Moulineaux.
The American who became the first American rider to win this race in 2009 of course showed he was happy with this saving action by ASO because, even though if this race disappears his name would be in the books as the last rider to have won it, he didn't want to become history this way.
In 2010 the American rider also won the 4th stage of the Tour of the Gila, the prologue and stages 1, 2 and 5b of the Olympia's Tour where he also took the final victory, the prologue and 3rd stage of the Tour of Utah and the prologue of the Tour de l'Avenir.
Taylor Phinney was almost made to be a professional cyclist because he's the son of Davis Phinney, former cyclist, and of Connie Carpenter who also had a career as a cyclist and ice skater.
In 2011 Phinney joins BMC Racing Team and he'll thus concentrate more on road races than on the track. The American rider didn't join the currently ongoing training camp of his new team. Last Tuesday he said about his absence: Wish I was in Spain with my @BMCProTeam guys! Sad to miss out on the first camp but I'll see you guys in January!! completing this with a The camp is optional for US riders... I need to be stateside this month! #justanFYI
Taylor Phinney's fight for gold in a short video
With the title Anatomy of a Time Trial (Phinney's Road to Gold) this video shows the last moments before the time trial with his warming up and a look inside the time trial from the directeur sportif's car. At the end of this video we see the final ceremony and how Taylor celebrated his victory with champagne.
With some nice editing of the images of this time trial by Jim Fryer (BrakeThrough Media) this gave the video below.
As Taylor said himself, on Twitter, This video is amazing! I almost teared up at the end... :).
Let's hope we'll see Taylor Phinney get some nice victories again with BMC Racing Team in 2011!