American Taylor Phinney broke a thirteen year old American record for the 4,000-meter individual pursuit on Friday, on his way to winning a gold medal at the Copenhagen World Cup.
Phinney’s 4:15.223 effort in the qualifying round broke the previous American record of 4:19.800 set by Mariano Friedick in 1996. Phinney turned a 4:19.119 in the finals to beat Ireland’s David O’Loughlin and register his first World Cup victory this season.
Phinney’s mother Connie Carpenter-Phinney noted that Phinney had never ridden under 4:20 in competition and his last kilo was his fastest, at 1:00:5.
“Taylor credits back to back training camps — most recently his Trek-Livestrong Camp in Santa Rosa, but immediately prior to that, a week of training on the track with the USA Cycling development program,” Carpenter-Phinney said.
Entering Friday’s competition, Phinney’s personal best was a mark of 4:22.358, recorded at the 2008 UCI Track World Championships in Manchester, Great Britain last March.
The world record is 4:11.114, set by Great Britain’s Chris Boardman in 1996 using an aerodynamic position now banned by the UCI.