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Taylor Phinney earned his second medal of the world championships. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney earned his second medal of the world championships. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Phinney Earns Silver At Worlds Time Trial

19. September 2012

BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney earned the silver medal Wednesday at the world individual time trial championship while teammates Tejay van Garderen finished fourth and Marco Pinotti was forced to withdraw after a crash fractured his left collarbone.

Phinney: 'Hitting My Marks'
Phinney's time was only five seconds off the winning mark of Germany's Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who successfully defended his title with a time of 58:38 on the 45.7-kilometer course. Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus (Movistar Team) finished third, five seconds faster than van Garderen. Phinney said he wasn't aware of his progress, which had him fastest at the first intermediate checkpoint (14.3 km), 13 seconds down on Martin at the second (29.7 km) and trailing by eight seconds at the third (37.9 km). "I don't like to use a radio and I cover up my wattage on my SRM so I wasn't quite sure how I was doing," the American said. "When you look at my time checks and my power files I was certainly hitting my marks. I knew I was on a good time when I could see (Fredrik) Kessiakoff as I was climbing the Cauberg. This definitely makes me hungry to work really hard in the offseason, especially when you look at my performances at the Olympics. To be so close to a career and life-changing moment makes me want to work even harder next year to reach my goals."

Van Garderen: 'Very Good Ride For Me'
Van Garderen, who joined Phinney on the BMC Racing Team's silver medal-winning team time trial squad Sunday, also said he was unaware of how close he was to earning a podium spot for the United States. "My radio stopped working halfway through, so I had no idea," he said. "I kind of had this pacing strategy but it didn't work out perfectly. A downhill section I thought I could get recovery on was into a headwind. So I went pretty hard on the climbs hoping to get rest there and then it didn't happen. At the end of the day, though, this is a very good ride for me because one-day time trials aren't really my specialty." Van Garderen's fourth place finish was a career best at the world championships while Phinney's silver medal added to gold he won in the Under 23 individual time trial in 2010.

Pinotti: 'Sport Is Too Cruel'
Pinotti, who had the fifth fastest time at the second intermediate time check, crashed on a left-hand bend where the road was still wet and withdrew shortly thereafter. "I was enjoying the race so much and I knew this time I was going to reach the podium," Pinotti said while undergoing X-rays at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. "This sport is too cruel." Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the Italian will undergo surgery in Belgium on Thursday. "The fracture is complicated by the acromioclavicular (AC) separation," Dr. Testa said. Pinotti, winner of the final time trial at the Giro d'Italia and another race against the clock at the Tour of Austria, was not scheduled to compete in Sunday's world road race.