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Riding for the United States, Taylor Phinney was fifth through all the intermediate checkpoints. (©Sirotti.)
Riding for the United States, Taylor Phinney was fifth through all the intermediate checkpoints. (©Sirotti.)

Worlds Time Trial: Two In The Top 10

25. September 2013

BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney (USA) finished fifth and Marco Pinotti (ITA) was seventh in Wednesday's individual time trial at the UCI world road championships.

'About 15 Minutes Too Long'
Tony Martin (GER) won his third consecutive world time trial title by 46 seconds over Bradley Wiggins (GBR), who was two seconds faster than third-placed Fabian Cancellara (SUI). Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) finished fourth, 1:26 behind, while Phinney was 2:08 back and Pinotti at 2:41. "I would say it was about 15 minutes too long for me," Phinney said. "I kind of blew up as I got into town and never really recovered and just kind of suffered to the finish." The silver medalist here a year ago, Phinney said he felt ready after four weeks of intensive training in a season that saw him only compete in three individual time trials before Wednesday. "I did all I could to come in in the best shape as possible, but I knew it would be a big ask to be all-guns-blazing with the best in the world here," he said. "Truly, I would have been happier with a podium slot. But I am happy with the work I put in because I worked really hard." Phinney and his BMC timemachine TM01 were fifth-fastest through all three intermediate time checks along the 57.8-kilometer course, while Pinotti started slowly, registering the 11th and ninth-fastest times through the first two checkpoints. Pinotti said his physical size was a detriment on a course that was nearly flat and mostly straight. "On this kind of course, it was more about aerodynamics and not weight," he said. "So physically, I had limits. I think I had a performance that was comparable to last year at the Olympic Games when I was fifth. Here I was seventh, but the level was a little bit higher. So I'm quite satisfied."