Taylor Phinney

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Taylor Phinney
File:Taylor Phinney, 2012 Paris-Roubaix (cropped).jpg
Phinney at the 2012 Paris–Roubaix
Personal information
Full name Taylor Phinney
Nickname Mini Phinney[1]
Born (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990 (age 30)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)[2]
Weight 82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)[2]
Team information
Current team BMC Racing Team
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Time Trial/Classic 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)
Infobox last updated on
20 September 2015

Taylor Phinney (born June 27, 1990) is an American racing cyclist who rides professionally for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team[3]. Phinney specializes in time trials and one day classics on the road, 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 Davis Phinney and former Olympic gold medal winning cyclist and speed skater Connie Carpenter-Phinney.[4]

At the age of 15, Phinney began racing on Team Slipstream's junior squad. In August 2007, he won the World Junior Championships time trial title. Since, 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.[5]

Professional career

Trek-Livestrong (2009–2010)

On September 24, 2008, Lance Armstrong announced that Phinney had been named to the under-23 team being organized by the group that managed Armstrong's Team RadioShack, Trek-Livestrong.[6] 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.

File:Taylor Phinney 2010.jpg
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,[7] riding as stagiaires.

BMC Racing (2011–present)

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.[8] 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.[9] 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 only five seconds.

In 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!”[10] 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.[10]

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 thirty other riders in the group abandoned 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 cut by over ten minutes, but his persistence was influential and inspiring.

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 utilized his excellent descending skills to break away from a reduced peloton and win 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][11][12]

At the end of 2015, Phinney participated in "Thereabouts 2," with Angus Morton, Lachlan Morton and Cameron Wurf[13]. "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.

Thus far, in 2016, Phinney continues to recover from his horrific injuries[14]. However, his win at the U.S. National time-trial championships places him on a realistic path for success at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


1st Jersey rainbow.svg Junior World Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Individual Pursuit Championships
Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Stage 1 ITT & 2
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Junior World Individual Pursuit Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Track time trial
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Team pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual Pursuit UCI Track World Championships
National Track Championships
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Points race
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Team pursuit
1st U23 Paris-Roubaix
1st Stage 1 Flèche du Sud
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Under-23 World Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual Pursuit UCI Track World Championships
1st Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue, Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st U23 Paris-Roubaix
Tour of Utah
1st Prologue & Stage 3 (ITT)
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
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stages 1-3
1st Stage 7 (ITT) USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino
Road World Championships
2nd Team time trial
2nd Individual time trial
3rd Chrono des Nations
4th Olympic Road Race
4th Olympic Time Trial
1st Stage 4 Tour de Pologne
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
3rd Giro di Toscana
Road World Championships
4th Team time trial
5th Individual time trial
7th Milan – San Remo
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Dubai Tour
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
1st Stage 5 Tour of California
7th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Jersey rainbow chrono.svg World Team Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 1 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

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

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


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  13. http://cyclingtips.com/2015/12/thereabouts-2-is-now-live/
  14. http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/race-report/phinney-small-win-u-s-tt-nationals_407640

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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