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Taylor Phinney is a cyclist competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

American Taylor Phinney switched from track to road cycling in 2010, signing with Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack and competing at the developmental level as a stagiaire. At the end of the year, however, Phinney departed RadioShack for BMC Racing Team, relocated to Italy and started training with his new teammates.

Phinney's professional road career got off to a slow start, as a knee injury and then a training crash set him back and forced him to sit out a few races. During his first big stage race, the week-long Volta a Catalunya, the youngster withdrew during Stage 3 after experiencing knee pain during some steep climbs. "One of the hardest things to do in the sport of cycling is to get off your bike and I fought as hard as I could," Phinney said.

Almost midway through the 2011 season, Phinney put his early-season struggles aside and started turning things around with the help of his BMC coaching staff. He ended up starting the Vuelta a Espana, a surprise to many because he had never done a race longer than one week. The highlight of the three week race for the young American was a fifth-place finish in the Stage 10 time trial. He eventually left the race during Stage 13 to concentrate on the upcoming World Championships. "I'm confident after my fifth place in the time trial a couple days ago," Phinney said. "That's a good confidence booster going forward." Phinney then placed 15th in the Worlds time trial.

At his last competition on the track, Phinney won his second consecutive individual pursuit title at the 2010 World Championships. Later in the year at the Road Worlds, Phinney proved he's road ready by claiming victory in the U-23 time trial. He also won the U-23 Paris-Roubaix (a watered down version of the famed cobbled classic) ... twice. He's not a climber, but Phinney certainly can go fast in time trials, during a field sprint and the hard one day races of northern Europe.

Phinney's father is two-time Tour de France stage winner and Olympic bronze medalist Davis Phinney and his mom is Connie Carpenter-Phinney, the gold medalist in the first ever women's Olympic road race in Los Angeles in 1984. Known affectionately as "Mini Phinney," Taylor has quickly created a name for himself in the cycling world.

In October of 2007, at the age of 17, Phinney entered his first ever track cycling event, the U.S. National Championships. All he did was win the title. Then, in January of 2008, in only his fourth competition on the track, he won gold at a World Cup event in Los Angeles. Within the span of several months, Phinney went from being the son of two famous cyclists to a medal hopeful in his own right. At the Beijing Olympics, Phinney finished seventh in the pursuit.

Growing up, Phinney played competitive soccer, pushed by his father, until he grew tired of the sport. Then, in 2005, he accompanied Davis to the Tour de France, watching the event, and visiting with top cyclists like Lance Armstrong. He knew then that he wanted to compete in cycling. Davis was the first American to ever win a stage at the Tour, Phinney has said that it is his dream to one day follow in his father's footsteps.

In 2012, Phinney confirmed his billing as a future classics star by placing 14th in Paris-Roubaix, finishing a little over four minutes behind winner Tom Boonen. It was his first attempt at the race on the senior level.


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Age: 26 years old
Birthday: June 27, 1990
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 181 lbs.
Birthplace: Boulder, CO
Current Residence: Lucca, Italy

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