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Taylor Phinney raced 20 of the past 25 days and said he completed his primary objective before withdrawing from the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney raced 20 of the past 25 days and said he completed his primary objective before withdrawing from the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta, Stage 13: Phinney Withdraws

2. September 2011

Ponferrada, Spain

Taylor Phinney of the BMC Racing Team retired from the Vuelta a España midway through Friday's stage, saying he had met all his objectives in his first Grand Tour – while looking ahead to possible participation in the UCI world time trial championships.

'Real Good Experience'

Phinney said his primary goal of the race was to get to Stage 10, a 47-kilometer individual time trial in which he finished fifth. "Going into the first rest day (Tuesday), I was thinking I could make it another week," he said. "But I really suffered the past couple of days and today was just kind of a breaking point, so to speak. I gave it everything I could, but now I have to look forward to getting to the world championships and not draining myself too much for that. I feel like I've gotten a real good experience out of the 12.5 stages I've done here. I'm disappointed I'm not able to continue, but I thank the staff and riders for understanding that today I couldn't  do it."

Kohler Felt Good
Martin Kohler's 29th place finish was best for the BMC Racing Team in the 158.2 km race won by Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad). "After the long first category climb after the feed zone, I was feeling good, so when two guys attacked five kilometers from the top, I went after them," Kohler said. "I knew once the favorites attacked, I couldn't stay with them, so it was nice to already be ahead of them." Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling) kept the overall lead.