Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) claimed the third professional US time trial championship of his career in a dominant performance on the 42km undulating course in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
"It was super difficult and I didn't really have a lot of fun," Phinney said after scraping himself off the ground following his Herculean effort. "But that's how it is with a time trial and I signed myself up for this event, so I knew what I was getting myself into. Honestly I didn't really feel very good. It was a tough mental battle the whole way. I started out super confident and then lost almost all of my confidence, and then gained it back and then lost it again, and then by the time I was on the way to the finish I had my confidence back.
"It's easy to say that now but that's what happened. I thought I was going super slow and started to get a bit down. The course was also three kilometers longer than what it was supposed to be."
Phinney last won the title in 2014, just two days before a devastating crash in the championship road race took him out of action for more than a year. He's shown that he is back on track and worthy of the Olympic selection, should the national coaches give him the nod.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team||1:02:46|
|2||Thomas Zirbel (USA) Rally Cycling||0:01:09|
|3||Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo||0:01:12|
|4||Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:01:35|
|5||Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling||0:01:51|
|6||Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing||0:02:13|
|7||Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||0:02:33|
|8||David Williams (USA) Astellas Cycling Team||0:02:48|
|9||Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman||0:02:58|
|10||Eamon Franck (USA) Astellas Cycling Team||0:03:40|
|11||Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing||0:03:41|
|12||Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||0:05:19|
|13||Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team||0:05:49|
|14||Bryan Lewis (USA) Lupus Racing Team||0:07:21|
|15||Julian Kyer (USA) UnitedHealthcare||0:07:41|
|16||Cory Greenberg (USA) Cylance-Cannondale Pro Cycling p/b Incycle||0:08:26|
|DNF||Johnathan Freter (USA) Astellas Cycling Team|
|DNS||Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare|
|DNS||Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis|
|DSQ||Brendan Rhim (USA) Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing|
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