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Phinney breaks US kilometer time trial record

By:
Kirsten Robbins in Sacramento, California
Published:
February 15, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 20:57 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, February 15, 2009

Taylor Phinney set his second national record in as many days with a victory in the men's kilometer...

Taylor Phinney set his second national record in as many days with a victory in the men's kilometer time trial Saturday, while teammates Shelley Olds and Daniel Holloway added to the US medal count at the UCI Track World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Phinney clocked a winning time of 1:01.641 to win the gold medal and eclipse the old US national record of 1:01.825 set by Erin Hartwell in Colorado Springs in 1995. On Friday, Phinney smashed the US record in the 4000m individual pursuit, posting a winning time of 4:15.223 to lower the previous mark of 4:19.800.

Phinney's decisive victory in the pursuit was followed by his second gold medal of the weekend as he held off Michael D'Almeida (US Creteil) by less than one second in the four-lap, 1000m contest.

Complementing the US medal count on Saturday were Olds and Holloway who each added bronze medals. Olds finished third in the women's points race, while Holloway placed third in the men's scratch race.

Olds was one of five women to lap the field in the points race, along with Elenora Van Dijk (Netherlands), Katie Colclough (Team 100% ME), Tara Whitten (Canada) and Marta Tagliaferro (Italy), but her second place effort in the race's second intermediate sprint netted her an additional 3 points and secured her a spot on the podium. Olds finished with 23 points behind Van Dijk's 28 and Colclough's 24.

Holloway, the 2007 USA Cycling Elite Criterium Champion, used his talents as a sprinter to earn a spot on the podium behind Kazuhiro Mori (Japan) and Franco Marvulli (Switzerland) in the men's scratch race.

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