Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Kid can Ride a Bike

just as Len Pettyjohn reported yesterday . . . the news is out - Phinney does it again.

Phinney breaks US kilometer time trial record

PARIS (AFP) — 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 strength 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.

Phinney clocked a winning time of 1:01.641 to win the gold medal and eclipse the old US national record of 1:01.825 set by Erin Hartwell in Colorado Springs in 1995.

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.

Hopefully Neal Henderson can give us a more detailed report of Taylor's success when all the numbers are in - now there is a watts graph we'd all like to see.

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