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Taylor Phinney powered his BMC timemachine TM01 to a podium place in the race against the clock. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Taylor Phinney powered his BMC timemachine TM01 to a podium place in the race against the clock. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Phinney Third In Amgen Tour Time Trial

13. May 2014

BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney finished third behind Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and runner-up Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) Monday in the Stage 2 individual time trial of the Amgen Tour of California.

Not Phinney's Best Ride
Phinney was the last of the three to start the 20.1-kilometer race against the clock after Dennis clocked the best time early (24:02), only to see Wiggins go 44 seconds faster. Phinney was 32 seconds off Wiggins's pace at the halfway point and finished 52 seconds back of the 2012 Tour de France champion. "It was not my best ride," Phinney said. "I wasn't feeling amazing the whole time. I think Wiggins was in a whole other category. It was an interesting distance. It's not as aerobic as a longer, 40- or 50-minute time trial and not as anaerobic as a prologue. So it was kind of an interesting distance to wrap your head around." BMC Racing Team Sport Director Max Sciandri agreed Wiggins was in a league of his own. "Obviously, we were competing against the best – an Olympic champion and a Tour de France winner," he said. "So when you look at where we're at, it's pretty good."

Mountain-Top Finish Tuesday
Sciandri said he will evaluate each rider's performance before formulating a game plan for Tuesday's 174.6-km stage, the first of two mountain-top finishes of the eight-day race. After Phinney, Larry Warbasse was next best for the BMC Racing Team in 23rd, 1:54 behind. Four others were within 2:30 of Wiggins: Greg Van Avermaet (26th, at 1:58), Martin Kohler (43rd, at 2:24), Amaël Moinard (47th, at 2:27) and Peter Stetina (49th, 2:30). "Peter was good in terms of where the climbers were, with the exception of Wiggins," Sciandri said. "We will reset today and look at everything: we will look at the numbers, we will look at the performances. We will kind of absorb today and then go into tomorrow."

Listen to complete comments from Phinney and Sciandri on the BMC Racing Team's Audio Line.

See photos from the race on the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.