Taylor Phinney wins US Pro Time Trial championship

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.

The 25-year-old topped Tom Zirbel (Rally Cycling) by more than a minute, with Zirbel narrowly defeating LottoNl-Jumbo's Alexey Vermeulen by two seconds to claim silver.

"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.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team1:02:46
2Thomas Zirbel (USA) Rally Cycling0:01:09
3Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo0:01:12
4Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:35
5Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling0:01:51
6Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing0:02:13
7Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:33
8David Williams (USA) Astellas Cycling Team0:02:48
9Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:02:58
10Eamon Franck (USA) Astellas Cycling Team0:03:40
11Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing0:03:41
12Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:05:19
13Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:05:49
14Bryan Lewis (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:07:21
15Julian Kyer (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:07:41
16Cory Greenberg (USA) Cylance-Cannondale Pro Cycling p/b Incycle0:08:26
DNFJohnathan Freter (USA) Astellas Cycling Team
DNSDaniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare
DNSJoshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
DSQBrendan Rhim (USA) Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing

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