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At the age of 20, Taylor Phinney already has five world titles to his credit. (©BMC/Tim De Waele)
At the age of 20, Taylor Phinney already has five world titles to his credit. (©BMC/Tim De Waele)

Phinney Will Start Tour Of Oman For BMC Racing Team

11. February 2011

Santa Rosa, California

Taylor Phinney will make his debut for the BMC Racing Team next week at the Tour of Oman. The reigning U.S. national time trial champion said he has recovered from illness and a knee injury that kept him out of the Tour of Qatar.

Timing Is Perfect

BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz said it made sense to hold Phinney out of competition until he was feeling 100 percent for his first professional race. The six-day race begins Tuesday. "This is a milestone event for him and for us," Ochowicz said. "From my and John Lelangue's perspective, it's great that his first race is at the Tour of Oman because the race organizer is Eddy Merckx, who is a good friend of ours, the BMC Racing Team and Taylor."

Ready For Oman
Phinney said he has spent the past week getting his legs up to speed and is confident the tendonitis behind his knee won't give him any problems. "I was upset to miss the Tour of Qatar since it is a race that suits my strengths very well," Phinney said. "I did not race the Tour of Oman last year, as I was building up for the UCI track world championships. So it is somewhat ironic that this year I am not able to do Qatar, but Oman instead. I have heard only great things about the race and am very excited to kick off the season at a race that will suit me well."

Stage 5 Time Trial
An 18.5-kilometer time trial on the second-to-last day is one where Phinney could show well, said BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue. "Don't forget that this is his first race, but with what he has shown in the past, this time trial will be a good test for him.," Lelangue said. "It's a difficult one, with lots of ups and downs. We also know he is a good competitor in races where you have to fight a little for your place and then make a sprint at the end."