Taylor Phinney

  
  


Phinney enjoys the podium after winning the 2010 USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson
Phinney enjoys the podium after winning the 2010 USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Date of Birth: June 27, 1990
Height: 6'4"/1.93 m
Weight: 180 lbs/82 kg/12.9 st
Place of Birth: Boulder, Colorado
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Residence: Boulder, Colorado
Teams: BMC Racing Team (2011-present), Trek-LIVESTRONG U23 (2009-2010), Slipstream/Chipotle (2005-2008)
Education: Boulder High School
Website: www.taylorphinney.com | facebook.com/OfficialTaylorPhinney

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results

  • 2013 UCI Road World Championships, Florence, Italy — 5th in Time Trial; DNF in Road Race; 4th in Team Time Trial
  • 2012 UCI Road World Championships, Valkenburg, Netherlands — Silver in Time Trial; 98th in Road Race; 2nd in Team Time Trial
  • 2012 Olympic Games, London, England — 4th in Road Race; 4th in Time Trial
  • 2011 UCI Road World Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark — 15th in Time Trial; 24th in Road Race
  • 2010 UCI U23 Road World Championships, Geelong, Australia — Gold medal, Time Trial; Bronze medal, Road Race
  • 2010 UCI Track World Championships, Ballerup, Denmark — Gold medal, Individual Pursuit; Bronze medal, Omnium
  • 2009 UCI Track World Championships, Pruszków, Poland — Gold medal, Individual Pursuit; Silver medal, 1 km Time Trial
  • 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China — 7th in Men's Track Cycling Individual Pursuit
  • 2008 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships, Cape Town, South Africa — Gold medal, Individual Pursuit; Bronze medal, Time Trial
  • 2007 UCI Junior Road World Championships, Aguacalientes, Mexico — Gold medal, Time Trial

National Championship Results

  • 1st place — 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Time Trial
  • 7th place — 2011 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships, Greenville, South Carolina, Time Trial
  • 2010 USA Cycling Professional Road National Champion, Time Trial
  • 2009 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, Team Pursuit
  • 2009 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, Points Race
  • 2009 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, Individual Pursuit
  • 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, Team Pursuit
  • 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, Kilometer Time Trial
  • 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, Individual Pursuit
  • 2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champion, 4 km Individual Pursuit

Career Highlights

  • 3rd place — 2014 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 2 (ITT)
  • 1st overall — 2014 Dubai Tour, Overall Classification and Best Young Rider Classification
  • 1st place — 2014 Dubai Tour, Stage 1 (ITT)
  • 2nd place — 2014 Tour de San Luis, Stage 5 (ITT)
  • 3rd place — 2013 Tour de Pologne, Stage 7 (ITT)
  • 1st place — 2013 Tour de Pologne, Stage 4
  • 3rd place — 2013 Giro della Toscana
  • 3rd place — 2013 Tour of Oman, Stage 6
  • 3rd overall — 2013 Tour of Qatar
  • 1st place — 2013 Tour of Qatar, Stage 2 (TTT), Best Young Rider Classification
  • 3rd place — 2012 Chrono des Nations
  • 1st place — 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 7 (ITT)
  • 2nd place — 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 5
  • 2nd place — 2012 Eneco Tour, Stage 6 (ITT)
  • 3rd place — 2012 Eneco Tour, Stage 1
  • 1st place — 2012 Giro d' Italia, Stage 1 (ITT)
  • 1st place — 2012 Giro del Trentino, Stage 1 (TTT)
  • 5th place — 2011 Vuelta a España, Stage 10
  • 1st place — 2011 Eneco Tour, Prologue
  • 4th overall — 2011 Eneco Tour
  • 2nd place — 2011 Tour of Romandie, stage 1
  • 1st place — 2010 U23 Paris-Roubaix
  • 1st place — 2010 Olympia's Tour, Prologue, Stages 1, 2, 3, and Overall
  • 1st place — 2010 Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteax, Stage 2b
  • 1st place — 2010 Tour de l'Avenir, Prologue
  • 1st place — 2010 Tour of Utah, Prologue, Stage 3 TT
  • 1st place — 2009 U23 Paris-Roubaix
  • 1st place — 2009 Fleche du Sud, Prologue
  • 1st place — 2008 UCI Track World Cup, Los Angeles, Individual Pursuit
  • 1st place — 2007 Le Tour de l'Abitibi International, Prologue, Stages 2, 4 and Overall
  • 2nd place — 2007 Tour du Pays de Vaud, Stage 1
  • 2nd overall — 2007 Tour of the Gila

Points of Interest

  • Taylor is the son of Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney and Olympic cycling and speedskating gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney.
  • In addition to her gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games, Taylor's mother Connie also competed in speedskating events at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games. She's also a former world champion in Taylor's former track cycling event — the individual pursuit.
  • Taylor lived in Italy for three years as a teenager while his parents ran a European bike touring company. He is also fluent in Italian.

Personal

After taking up competitive cycling the year before racing in USA Cycling's National Development Program, Taylor Phinney exploded onto the world cycling scene in 2007 at the age of 17 when he captured his first world title at the Junior World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

He has since collected four more rainbow jerseys in both road and track racing. His dedication is nothing short of extraordinary, yet genetics count too, especially when his parents are both Olympic medalists in cycling.

His mother, Connie Carpenter, was the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in the women's mass-start road race, an event first held at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. His father, Davis, was an Olympic bronze medalist in the team time trial that same year, and is one of only 10 Americans to ever win a stage of the Tour de France.

The 2008 Olympics were a particularly poignant time for the Phinney family as Davis was only four months out of the first stage of brain surgery in his battle against Parkinson's disease. Taylor credits his parents for building his confidence and character, and cites them as his most important support structure.

Despite his parents' legendary status in the sport, Taylor didn't possess an interest in competitive cycling until he attended the Tour de France while living in Europe for a period with his family. Shortly thereafter he found himself competing in the North Boulder Criterium, the same event that caused his father to fall in love with the sport three decades earlier.

The feverish buzz that's been humming around Taylor speculates that the U.S. may be home to yet another of the world's greatest cyclists. Coached by fellow Boulder resident Neal Henderson, Phinney's results indicate no signs of slowing down.

Off the bike, Taylor enjoys skiing at terrain parks, playing video games, doing flips on the trampoline and hanging out with his friends.


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