Taylor Phinney has won the American time trial title on three occasions since turning professional with BMC Racing in 2011 but hadn’t worn the stars-and stripes jersey since his first neo-pro season until the Ster ZLM Prologue in which he finished three seconds off LottoNL-Jumbo’s Jos van Emden.
Phinney took his third national title last month on his first appearance at the US nationals since 2014 when a collision with a race moto left him with multiple injuries which he continues to recover from two years on.
“This was the first time I have raced in my national championships skinsuit,” 25-year-old Phinney said of his result. “I was wearing the one I had made in 2014 but never got to wear because of my broken leg. It felt good to wear it for the first time, two years later. It could have been three seconds luckier though but it was good.”
In his last three time trials, Phinney has now finished first, second and third on three different courses but hadn’t ridden a race against the clock under 10km since his 2012 Giro d’Italia prologue victory.
“I think today went well. It’s such a short stage I don’t really remember most of it but I was having a good time. I haven’t done a prologue in a long time so it was nice to get back out there and it reminded of what I am best at doing on a bicycle,” he added.
With four stages to come in the UCI 2.1 Dutch stage race, Phinney added that he will take it day-by-day but is confident BMC can revisit the podium.
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