Editor’s note: The above video was shot by Ben King, one of Taylor Phinney’s teammates on the USA Cycling team at the 2010 Tour de l’Avenir. Phinney won the prologue in 8:55 and took the first leader’s jersey of the race.
Ben King: I cut my cool down short — still coughing up blood from the violence of a 7.8 km prologue effort — to ride in Taylor Phinney’s follow car with Taylor’s mom and our director, Pat Jonker. I followed Taylor to support my friend. But I also followed him for the same reason we watched Cancellara videos in our room before the race; he is the best. I followed Taylor’s Junior Worlds and Fleche du Sud wins and know his capabilities.
Everyone in this race has worked all season to get here. A few riders expected to win. Taylor smashed them. Our Trek-Livestrong teammate, Alex Dowsett, came in six seconds behind Taylor to claim second place. Andrew Talansky placed sixth, and USA is leading the Team classification. I’m excited to hammer on the front in defense. As Ian Boswell said, “7.8 km down, over 1,000 to go.”