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Taylor Phinney takes world U23 time trial title

Phinney adds another rainbow to his collection.

American Taylor Phinney added another world title to his growing list with victory in the men’s under-23 time trial at the world road race cycling championships on Wednesday.

On what was the first event of the five-day event, two-time world individual pursuit champion Phinney took the gold medal after clocking a winning time of 42 minutes, 50 seconds for two laps of the rolling 15.8km circuit.

Hosts Australia had a positive start with former world junior champion Luke Durbridge coming second to take the silver only 2 seconds behind, with German Marcel Kittel finishing third to take the bronze.

Australia’s Jack Bobridge, 21, won the title in the category last year.

Phinney’s world titles

2007 – Junior TT (Mexico)
2008 – Junior 3K Individual Pursuit (South Africa)
2009 – Elite 4K Individual Pursuit (Poland)
2010 – Elite 4K Individual Pursuit (Denmark)
2010 – U23 TT (Australia)

Phinney, the son of former cycling champions Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter, has world junior titles on the track and won the U23 version of Paris-Roubaix, arguably the hardest one-day classic on the calendar, in 2009 and 2010.

In 2009 Phinney also succeeded Britain’s Bradley Wiggins as world individual pursuit champion on the track, a title he defended in Copenhagen earlier this year.

Having spent two years on the Trek-Livestrong U23 team, Phinney decided instead last week to begin his pro career as a member of the BMC squad.

“It wasn’t an easy course, especially for us big guys. I really had to dig deep,” said Phinney, whose emergence as a talented road racer has left him with doubts over his Olympic future on the track.

After the pursuit was scrapped in the wake of Beijing, Phinney, who was recently crowned the U.S. elite national champion in the time trial.

“I had a lot of passion for the individual pursuit, but now it’s no longer on the program,” Phinney said after his gold win. “I plan to do some track (racing) this winter. Track is good, but I’m lacking the passion that I’m now starting to have for the road and time trialling.”