Taylor Phinney sets two US track records

Trek-Livestrong teen wins in Copenhagen

American Taylor Phinney won the Men's Individual Pursuit during day one of the UCI Track World Cup V on February 13, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Teenaged track cycling tyro Taylor Phinney added lustre to his new American record in the individual pursuit by winning the four-lap kilometre event at the World Cup event in Copenhagen Saturday.


Phinney, the son of former road professional Davis Phinney and former women’s world pursuit champion Connie Carpenter, is going from strength to strengh one month ahead of the world championships in Poland.

On Friday, Phinney set a new national record of 4min 15.223sec in qualifying for the 4km pursuit.

A day later the 18-year-old set another national record by winning the kilometre ahead of respected Frenchman Michael d’Almeida in a time of 1:01.641.

D’Almeida, a silver medal winner in the non-Olympic event at last year’s world championships in Manchester, finished second in 1:02.071.

A former world junior pursuit champion, Phinney earlier this season joined the Trek-Livestrong U23 development team launched by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and run by Eddy Merckx’s son Axel Merckx.


© BikeRadar & AFP 2009