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Video: Phinney ready for more success after Dubai Tour victory

Cycling News
February 8, 15:58,
February 8, 14:59
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, February 8, 2014
Taylor Phinney has some fun with his new trophy

Taylor Phinney has some fun with his new trophy

  • Taylor Phinney has some fun with his new trophy
  • Fernando Alonso and Taylor Phinney (BMC)
  • Taylor Phinney (BMC) at the start of stage 2 of the Dubai Tour

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"We can have a really special Classics season as a team"

Taylor Phinney's overall victory at the Dubai Tour has the left American and his BMC team confident for the rest of the early season races and especially the spring Classics.

Steve Cummings finished second overall and BMC also won the team prize, with only Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) sharing in the success thanks to his three stage victories.

Phinney celebrated his first stage race as a professional in Dubai on
Sunday night but was already thinking ahead to his next goal: the time trial at the Tour de Méditeranéen and then the cobbled Classics.

He and the team has suffered on the cobbles and struggled to live up to expectations. However Allan Peiper incisive management strategy and Phinney's victory in Dubai have left the team full of confident.

"I think we can have a really special Classics season as a team. We need to have that year now. We've been close in the past but due for a big Classics season. I hope I can play my part in that," Phinney told Cyclingnews in an exclusive video interview.

Phinney won the opening time trial and then rode a perfect race and was perfectly protected by his teammates in the other stages.

"I felt like it was my race to lose after day one but the team did an amazing ride in these past three days and just kept everything as seamless as possible for me. I have them to thank for this overall victory," he said.

"I'm super relieved we were able to make it here (to the finish) safe and sound after the final stage."

Next stop the Tour de Méditeranéen

Phinney will head to his new European home in Nice and then travel down the French coast for the opening 223km road stage on Thursday.

"I'm going to the Tour du Med and there's a 20km time trial there. It's a bit hilly but I'm going to go for that. Then we dive into the Classics, with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Paris-Nice and then the big ones. They're not too far off and I'm really happy with my form," Phinney explained.

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azureskies 5 months ago
Congradulations to BMC and Taylor Phinney. Signs of good sensations, wonderful to see Phinney win.
Anonymous 5 months ago
If he can keep the form he has big chance of winning Paris-Roubaix.
bike_boy 5 months ago
What a fantastic win by Taylor Phinney, I've always been a huge fan of this kid. I can't wait to see what he can do in the spring classics, the guy is machine once he gets going.
Manuel Schoel 5 months ago
He had a good (short) time trial and now he thinks he can be a beast in the classics? Keep dreaming.
PhiberAwptik 5 months ago
The traits of winners and high end athletes are that they feel that they can win. That is why they compete. The traits of losers is generally belittling those athletes over the internet. What one do you resemble the most?
Lightening Toke 5 months ago
Manuel destroyed me in last month's local Cat. 4 criterium. He's a beast. If he weren't so old, or he doped, he'd be a pro for sure. Be careful Phiber!
jim.bridges77 5 months ago
Taylor said that he is going to play his part not go for the win. I would think that Thor will be leading the Belgian classics and Taylor being a support rider in learning mode. With that said he has won 2-Paris-Roubaix's (09, 10) as a U23 which is still big time stuff. Hes a real young rider doing big things. Good job Taylor, Colorado and the USA are super proud!!
jim.bridges77 5 months ago
It looks like Van Amermaet will be leading the Belgian classics for BMC and not Thor.
Pedal Pusher 5 months ago
BMC really on song - good results in most of their races this year. Stage wins, podiums, sprints, ITT and climbing. Pieper must be chuffed to have got off to such a great season