Taylor Phinney

Taylor Phinney

Phinney at the 2016 Tour of Britain
Personal information
Full name Taylor Phinney
Nickname Mini Phinney[1]
Born (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)[2]
Weight 85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)[2]
Team information
Current team BMC Racing Team
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Time Trial specialist[2]
Professional team(s)
2009–2010 Trek–Livestrong
2011– BMC Racing Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2012)

Stage races

Dubai Tour (2014)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2010, 2014, 2016)

Taylor Phinney (born June 27, 1990) is an American racing cyclist and rides professionally for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team.[3] Phinney specializes in time trials as well as the individual pursuit on the track.

Early life and amateur career

Phinney was born on June 27, 1990 to former professional road cyclist and Olympic medal-winner Davis Phinney and former Olympic gold-medal-winning cyclist and speed skater Connie Carpenter-Phinney.[4]

In 2007 at the age of 16, Phinney began racing on Team Slipstream's junior squad. Slipstream team manager Jonathan Vaughters signed Phinney to the team before he had competed in a race, having heard word-of-mouth reports about Phinney's ability on group rides in Boulder. It was at this time that Phinney was introduced to track cycling.[5] In August 2007, he won the World Junior Championships time trial title. Since then, Phinney has competed in National, World Cup and World Championship events for track cycling. Phinney finished seventh in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Later that year, at the U.S. National Track Championships, he won gold medals in the elite one kilometer time trial, individual pursuit and team pursuit races.[6]

Professional career

Trek-Livestrong (2009–2010)

On September 24, 2008, Lance Armstrong announced that Phinney had made the under-23 team, which was organized by the group that managed Armstrong's Team RadioShack, Trek-Livestrong.[7] On March 26, 2009, Phinney won the individual pursuit at the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and, again, at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships on March 25, 2010. Phinney then switched his focus to the road, winning the Paris–Roubaix Espoirs, the Olympia's Tour overall, in addition to the first four stages and time trials in Tour de l'Avenir and Tour of Utah.

Phinney during the 2010 UCI Track World Championships, where he won a gold medal for the individual pursuit

On July 29, 2010, it was announced that Phinney and teammates Jesse Sergent and Clinton Avery would ride in the Tour of Denmark for Team RadioShack,[8] riding as stagiaires.

BMC Racing (2011–present)

Phinney competing in the 2012 Olympics time trial in London

On September 22, 2010, the BMC Racing Team announced that Phinney would become part of BMC in 2011, joining a team that included Cadel Evans, George Hincapie and Alessandro Ballan.[9] The highlight of Phinney's first season with BMC was a fourth-place finish in the Eneco Tour.

Phinney started the 2012 season by helping his team win the Giro del Trentino's team time trial, where he wore the leader's jersey for a day.[10] His early target for the 2012 season was the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, which he duly won to wear the leader's jersey, the maglia rosa, becoming just the third American to do so following Andy Hampsten in 1988 and Christian Vande Velde in 2008. Phinney then switched his focus to the Olympic Games, targeting the road race and time trial, where he finished fourth in each event. He would go on to win the stage-seven individual time trial of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Phinney participated in the 2012 UCI World Road Race Championships. He was part of the six-man BMC team that took silver in the team time trial. Phinney also finished second to Tony Martin in the individual event, missing out on becoming World Champion by five seconds.

Amidst the turmoil of the Lance Armstrong-USADA affair, Phinney sent a tweet congratulating his teammate Steve Cummings for his stage win at the Tour of Beijing, saying “He [Cummings], like me, follows his own personal policy of no caffeine pills and no painkillers. Purest of the pure!”[11] Phinney later explained his comment by stating that although legal, caffeine pills and mild painkillers were often used in the peloton during races, and that some riders even crushed them and mixed them in water bottles. He stated that he was entirely against that practice and doping in general.[11]

On the penultimate, or second-to-last, stage of the 2013 Tirreno–Adriatico, in heavy rain, Phinney found himself well in arrears of the leaders on a tough finishing circuit, which included a climb at Sant'Elpidio a Mare with gradients reaching 27 percent. Around 30 other riders in the group abandoned the race with over 100 kilometers (62 miles) to go, but Phinney rode on alone in the hope of making the time limit, so he could compete in the final day's time trial. Ultimately, Phinney missed the time limit by over ten minutes.

In the early part of the 2014 season, Phinney won the inaugural Dubai Tour after winning the opening time-trial. In May, Phinney won a stage of the Tour of California. With more than 23 kilometers to the finish, Phinney broke away from a reduced peloton and won by 12 seconds. Soon after, Phinney was victorious for a second time at the United States National Time Trial Championships. Two days later, at the United States National Road Race Championships, Phinney suffered a career-threatening crash after sliding into a guard-rail. He was attempting to avoid a motorcycle on the descent of Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. His injuries—a compound fracture to his tibia and severed patellar tendon—required surgery. Phinney never wore his national jersey as he remained out of action for a year, having initially been given a six-to-eight-week recovery period.[4][12][13]

At the end of 2015, Phinney participated in "Thereabouts 2," with Angus Morton, Lachlan Morton and Cameron Wurf.[14] "Thereabouts 2" was an adventure-related cycling trip from Boulder, Colorado to Moab, Utah, while attempting to realize what makes cycling so special: adventure, friendship and a lack of structure.

Phinney spent the early part of the 2016 season recovering from his injuries, making his first race appearance of the year at the Tour du Haut Var in February and subsequently racing in the spring classics before returning from Europe to his native Colorado.[15] In May 2016 Phinney took his third national time trial title in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, beating runner-up Tom Zirbel by over a minute: Phinney expressed satisfaction with the result and his performance, hoping that it would help him secure selection for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[16] He competed at the Olympics, but despite entering the road time trial with hopes of a medal, he finished 22nd, over five minutes behind winner Fabian Cancellara.[17]

In September 2016 Phinney confirmed that he had agreed a two-year deal with Cannondale–Drapac from the 2017 season, with a focus on competing in the classics and aiming to race in the 2017 Tour de France.[18]

Career achievements

Major results

1st UCI World Junior Time Trial Championships
1st Individual Pursuit, National Track Championships
Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Stage 1 (ITT) & 2
1st Individual Pursuit, UCI Junior Track World Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st Individual pursuit
1st Track time trial
1st Team pursuit
1st Individual Pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
National Track Championships
1st Individual pursuit
1st Points race
1st Team pursuit
1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
1st Stage 1 Flèche du Sud
1st Individual Pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st UCI World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue, Stages 1, 2 & 3
Tour of Utah
1st Prologue & Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
1st Stage 2b Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Gila
1st Prologue Tour de l'Avenir
4th Overall Eneco Tour
1st Prologue
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
Held after Stages 1-3
1st Stage 7 (ITT) USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino
UCI Road World Championships
2nd Team time trial
2nd Individual time trial
3rd Chrono des Nations
Olympic Games
4th Road Race
4th Time Trial
1st Stage 4 Tour de Pologne
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
3rd Giro di Toscana
UCI Road World Championships
4th Team time trial
5th Individual time trial
7th Milan – San Remo
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Dubai Tour
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
1st Stage 5 Tour of California
7th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st UCI World Team Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 1 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 5 (TTT) Eneco Tour
2nd UCI World Team Time Trial Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 155 WD
Yellow jersey Tour
red jersey Vuelta WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


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  4. 1 2 Kirsten Frattini (June 11, 2014). "Doctors give Phinney six to eight weeks recovery time". Cyclingnews.com.
  5. Bradley, John (27 September 2016). "Vaughters on losing Phinney (to Lance) and getting him back". VeloNews. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
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  9. "BMC racing team signs Taylor Phinney". BMC-racing.com. September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010.
  10. "BMC wins team time trial at Giro del Trentino". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  11. 1 2 Shane Stokes (16 October 2012). "Taylor Phinney Interview: Getting the pill culture out of the sport". Velo Nation. Velo Nation LLC. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  12. "Phinney suffers broken leg in USA championship crash". Cyclingnews.com. May 27, 2014.
  13. Hood, Andrew (April 14, 2015). "BMC hopeful Phinney returns to racing 'before end of summer'". VeloNews.com.
  14. "Thereabouts 2 – now available on vimeo-on-demand". CyclingTips. December 29, 2015. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016.
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  17. Meyer, John (12 August 2016). "Taylor Phinney finishes 22nd in Olympic time trial cycling event". The Denver Post. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  18. Benson, Daniel (27 September 2016). "Taylor Phinney: I'll start a new chapter at Cannondale-Drapac". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Zabriskie
United States National Time Trial

Succeeded by
David Zabriskie
Preceded by
Tom Zirbel
United States National Time Trial

Succeeded by
Andrew Talansky
Preceded by
Andrew Talansky
United States National Time Trial

Succeeded by
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