Taylor Phinney opts for BMC

...not Armstrong's RadioShack

Taylor Phinney is leaving Trek-Livestrong for BMC next season

Two-time cycling pursuit world champion Taylor Phinney has signed to ride for BMC Racing in 2011, opting to join the Swiss-US team after riding for Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack this season.


Phinney, 20, started the 2010 season riding for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s Trek-Livestrong development squad. He was promoted to ride for Armstrong’s RadioShack team in August.

However, Phinney said he thought he would be a good fit on a BMC team that includes Australian Cadel Evans, fellow American George Hincapie and Italian Alessandro Ballan.

“They have a team with a lot of younger guys mixed with veteran riders and team leaders like Evans, Hincapie and Ballan. It seemed like the right fit for me,” Phinney said in a release posted on the team’s website.

“BMC also makes fast bikes. I’m excited to see what they can make for me on the track.”

BMC Racing team president Jim Ochowicz called it an “extraordinary opportunity” to sign a cyclist who excels on the track and is gaining experience in road racing.

On Saturday Phinney won the US national time trial title by .14 seconds.

This year he won four stages and the overall title of the Olympia Tour in Holland and a second straight Paris-Roubaix Espoirs.

Phinney, who is the son of two-time Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney and Olympic gold and world champion cyclist Connie Carpenter, was recently named to the US under-23 squad for the cycling word championships.


© AFP 2010