Age: 25 (27/06/90)
Pro Since: 2010
Team: BMC Racing
Taylor Phinney is probably the most recognizable face of new American cycling' in no small part because he's the son of former pro cyclists and Olympic medalists Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney. However the Boulder, Colorado native has already shown that he’s not content to just ride his parents’ yellow and gold coattails.
Taylor began bike racing at the age of 15 for Team Slipstream's Junior team and racked up over 20 victories in his first season. As an amateur his breakthrough result came in August 2007 when he won a Junior World Championship in the team time trial discipline. Taylor backed up this success by performing credibly in the 2008 Summer Olympics; having just turned 18, he finished 7th in the Individual Pursuit. Shortly after returning from Beijing he was selected for the Trek-Livestrong U23 development team; providing the perfect platform for Taylor to develop as a race rider and further enhance his growing reputation.
Prior to turning pro in late 2010, Taylor had a string of impressive results on the track, including World Champion titles in 2009 and 2010 in the individual pursuit. Last year was his breakout as a pro, winning the individual time trial at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and narrowly missing out on medalling at the London Olympics with 4th place finishes in both the road race and the time trial events. In May 2012, Taylor accomplished his biggest goal of the season, winning the prologue at the Giro d'Italia to become just the third American to ever don the race leader’s pink jersey.
Taylor began 2013 in fine form, winning stage 2 in the Tour of Qatar and placing 3rd in the Overall GC. He started the Giro d'Italia but struggled physically throughout the race and was forced to withdraw in the latter part due to an underlying injury. At the end of July, Taylor returned to action in the Tour of Poland and grabbed headlines with an incredible solo ride to win stage 4 of the race. He closed out the year at the World Championships in Florence where he finished 5th in the time trial event.
In February 2014, Taylor won the opening time trial at the Tour of Dubai which set him up for the Overall GC, his first stage race victory as a pro. After a couple of solid rides in the Spring Classics, Taylor won the US National time trial Championship in May. However disaster struck a few days later when he crashed on a descent in the US National road race and fractured his lower leg. After undergoing surgery, Taylor is back on the road to recovery and looking forward to returning in 2015.Website photography provided by Graham Watson, Andrea Mead Cross and BMC Racing.
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