The 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships opened at the ADT Event Center velodrome at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday as three national champions were crowned on the first day of competition. Following a meteoric rise in the individual pursuit event since last year's championships, 18-year-old Taylor Phinney (Garmin-Chipotle) scored an elite title in the men's kilometer time trial.
Phinney clocked a winning time of 1:03.208 to best silver medalist Jimmy Watkins (Momentum Cycling) by more than two seconds, while Stephen Hill (East Point Track Club) finished third. In the U23 classification of the kilometer time trial, sixth-place overall finisher David Espinoza (Herbalife) was awarded the national title with a mark of 1:07.370.
Although only 18, Phinney was ineligible for a U23 championship since he is still considered a Junior.