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Taylor Phinney said one of the keys to his success was pacing himself for the nearly hour-long effort. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney said one of the keys to his success was pacing himself for the nearly hour-long effort. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta, Stage 10: Phinney Fifth In Time Trial

29. August 2011

Salamanca, Spain

Taylor Phinney rode to fifth place in Monday's 47 kilometer individual time trial at the Vuelta a España, a performance the BMC Racing Team rider said was encouraging 10 stages into his first Grand Tour.

Sought Top 10 Finish

Astride his BMC timemachine TM01, Phinney set the fastest time until world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara bettered it by six seconds a half-hour later. Ultimately, Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) won with a time 93 seconds faster than Phinney. "I wanted to come in and hopefully get a top 10 time," Phinney said. "Cancellara is the best time trialist in the world, so to only lose six seconds to him feels good to me." The reigning under 23 world time trial champion said it was hard to find a rhythm on the undulating course. "The last 15 kilometers were really painful," he said. "They were fast because they were relatively downhill. But I was on the verge of throwing up, which is always a good sign in a time trial. It means I'm pushing myself to the limit."

Tuesday A Rest Day
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said Phinney will be closely monitored over the next 11 stages as he aims to represent the U.S. at next month's world time trial championship. "Most important is that he not go over his limit," Verbrugghe said. "It's a learning process here. We'll see day-by-day here where he's going." Christopher Froome (Sky Pro Cycling) finished second in the time trial to become the new race leader. Tuesday is the first of the Vuelta's two rest days.