By Steve Frothingham

2009 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs: Phinney celebrates

2009 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs: Phinney celebrates

Photo: Claeys Liesje

American Taylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong) won the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs on Sunday, emerging first from a group of 11 that entered the Roubaix velodrome together.

Phinney, 18, becomes the first American to win the race for riders under 23. The 170km race has been held since 1967 and has been won by budding professionals including Yaroslav Popovych, Thor Hushovd, Stephen Roche and Frédéric Moncassin.

The group of 11 that came into the velodrome contained three riders from the Capinordic team, who massed at the front as they came on the track, said Chris De Vos, the head soigneur for the U.S. national team.

De Vos said Phinney attacked with a half lap to go. “Taylor started sprinting and damn he was so strong, nobody could follow him,” De Vos told VeloNews in an email.

Trek-Livestrong’s Sam Bewley, a New Zealander, was the next member of an American team to finish, in 16th at 36 seconds. Other American team finishers were Dan Summerhill (Felt-Holloway-Garmin, 36th); Peter Salon (Garmin, 37th); Kirk Carlsen (Garmin, 39th); Jesse Sergent (Livestrong, 42nd); Cole House (BMC/USAC) 43rd); Carroll Austin (USAC, 52nd); Julian Kyer (Livestrong, 80th); Alex Howes (Garmin, 81st); Dan Holloway (Garmin, 88th); Iggy Silva (USAC, 89th) and Chris Monteleone (USAC, 90th).

Rolling congratulations

Phinney’s father Davis was outside Boulder, Colorado, in the middle of a 100km charity ride for his foundation when Trek-Livestrong director Axel Merckx called to give him the news.

2009 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs: Phinney with a cobble of his own.

2009 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs: Phinney with a cobble of his own.

Photo: Claeys Liesje

“Axel calls and says, ‘Taylor won! Taylor won!'” Phinney told VeloNews. “I put the phone to my chest and started yelling to everyone in the group, and this ripple went through the group.”

The ride included an A-list of top American roadies from the 1980s and 90’s, including Olympic medalists Nelson Vails, Alexi Grewal, Ron Kiefel and Connie Carpenter-Phinney (Taylor’s mother).

Merckx handed the phone to Taylor, who told his father he did an exuberant “Phinney victory salute” on the velodrome.

Axel Merckx drove the lead team support car at the race, with Eddy Merckx in the passenger seat. “What a way to impress, huh?” Davis Phinney said.

Taylor Phinney competed in the junior edition of Paris-Roubaix two years ago, crashing three times but vowing to return and win, his father said.

Davis Phinney rode the professional Paris-Roubaix four times during his career, in support of teammates Steve Bauer and others.

“I sucked in Roubaix,” he said. “I didn’t have the suppleness over the cobbles that Taylor has.”

He said he was a little surprised at his son’s performance because Taylor had told him Saturday night that he had a sore throat and felt he was getting a cold.

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Results

  • 1 PHINNEY Taylor TLS 70 km in 4:28:42 (37.96 kph)
  • 2 AISTRUP Nikola CPI at 00:00″
  • 3 BRAMBILLA Giorgio BER at 00:00″
  • 4 GRAZIATO Massimo PBN at 00:00″
  • 5 WALLAYS Jelle BEV at 00:00″
  • 6 PAIANI Jean-Lou RHO at 00:00″
  • 7 AVERY Clinton PWS at 00:00″
  • 8 PAGANI Angelo PBN at 00:00″
  • 9 VAN ZANDBEEK Ronan VVE at 00:03″
  • 10 GULDHAMMER Thomas CPI at 00:03″
  • 11 SELLEBJERG Thomas CPI at 00:07″
  • 12 BERTAZZO Omar PBN at 00:29″
  • 13 SALOMEIN Jarl BEV at 00:36″
  • 14 VANKERCKHOVEN Jochen PWS at 00:36″
  • 15 SINKELDAM Ramon RB3 at 00:36″
  • 16 BEWLEY Sam TLS at 00:36″
  • 17 KREDER Raymond GAR at 00:36″
  • 18 DEBUSSCHERE Jens PWS at 00:36″
  • 19 VIERBERGEN Lars VVE at 00:36″
  • 20 ALDEGHERI Diego BER at 00:36″
  • 21 VERMOTE Alphonse BEV at 00:36″
  • 22 KEUKELEIRE Jens SOE at 00:49″
  • 23 COUSIN Jérôme VEN at 00:49″
  • 24 JOUFFROY Arnaud VEN at 00:49″
  • 25 TAILLEFER Fabien NOR at 01:08″
  • 26 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas MX1 at 01:34″
  • 27 BOL Jetse RB3 at 01:34″
  • 28 ALDEGHERI Daniele BER at 01:34″
  • 29 BOURLOT Pierre RHO at 01:34″
  • 30 ZIMINE Boris NOG at 01:36″
  • 31 CALADO Clément AGE at 01:36″
  • 32 HAEX Tim PWS at 01:36″
  • 33 CAMPBELL Cody TLS at 01:36″
  • 34 VAN DRIESSCHE Kjell LOM at 01:39″
  • 35 VRIJMOED Maurice RB3 at 01:41″
  • 36 SUMMERHILL Daniel GAR at 01:52″
  • 37 SALON Peter GAR at 03:51″
  • 38 VAN POPPEL Boy RB3 at 06:08″
  • 39 CARLSEN Kirk GAR at 06:08″
  • 40 KREDER Wesley VVE at 06:08″
  • 41 MOCHUS Algirdas ETU at 06:08″
  • 42 SERGENT Jesse TLS at 06:08″
  • 43 HOUSE Cole USA at 06:08″
  • 44 LOUIS Anthony RAI at 07:45″
  • 45 ALBASINI Lucca SUI at 07:45″
  • 46 VERWAEST Kevin SOE at 07:45″
  • 47 JARRIER Benoît AGE at 07:51″
  • 48 PETILLEAU Julien AGE at 07:51″
  • 49 PELUCCHI Matteo PBN at 07:51″
  • 50 SANLAVILLE Pierre-Yves RHO at 09:33″
  • 51 VERHAEGHE Sander LOM at 11:34″
  • 52 AUSTIN Carroll USA at 12:33″
  • 53 BOISSON Nicolas ETU at 12:54″
  • 54 BOURGEOIS Laurent ETU at 12:54″
  • 55 BEAUMAIS Matthieu NOR at 12:54″
  • 56 SCHMIDT Fabien BRE at 12:54″
  • 57 LE GAC Laurent BRE at 12:54″
  • 58 ADAMS Joeri RB3 at 12:54″
  • 59 TARAMARCAZ Julien SUI at 12:54″
  • 60 DERYCKE Lorenzo SOE at 14:00″
  • 61 LEPLA Jeroen SOE at 14:00″
  • 62 LAVA Kevin SOE at 14:00″
  • 63 DELABRE Mickaël NPC at 14:00″
  • 64 KOMORI Ryohei TLS at 14:00″
  • 65 GHILBERT Valentin DOU at 14:00″
  • 66 MAUGE Corentin AGE at 14:00″
  • 67 PILLON Romain DOU at 14:31″
  • 68 HOBERG Morten CPI at 15:01″
  • 69 JUN Lars VVE at 15:19″
  • 70 GOUGEARD Florent NOR at 20:30″
  • 71 LEBON Cyril RAI at 20:30″
  • 72 VERHELST Louis BEV at 20:39″
  • 73 KREDER Dennis VVE at 20:39″
  • 74 JODTS Sven BEV at 20:39″
  • 75 BOEVE Mats RB3 at 20:39″
  • 76 DE SCHEEMAEKER Davy PWS at 20:39″
  • 77 BERNAUDEAU Mathieu VEN at 20:41″
  • 78 MONVOISIN Vincent RAI at 21:01″
  • 79 GRIFFITHS Andrew LOM at 21:19″
  • 80 KYER Julian TLS at 22:14″
  • 81 HOWES Alex GAR at 22:14″
  • 82 BROCHARD Mickaël MX1 at 22:14″
  • 83 VREUGDENHIL Stefan VVE at 22:36″
  • 84 TOMASINA Tony DOU at 23:31″
  • 85 CHOLLETON Sylvain RHO at 23:34″
  • 86 MALLEGOL Florent BRE at 25:12″
  • 87 FRANCILLETTE Kevin VEN at 25:12″
  • 88 HOLLOWAY Daniel GAR at 25:12″
  • 89 SILVA Iggy USA at 25:12″
  • 90 MONTELEONE Chris USA at 25:12″
  • 91 FRANK Simon SUI at 25:12″
  • 92 ANSART Alexis DOU at 25:12″
  • 93 STEELANDT Victor RAI at 25:12″