COPENHAGEN (VN) – Taylor Phinney was less than pleased with his 15th place ride in the elite men’s world time trial championship race while Andrew Talansky was satisfied to stop the clock 16th on a windy, technical course for their respective debuts in the elite men’s world time trial championships.
Phinney, last year’s U23 world champion, started in the final wave of riders in a very deep field that saw almost all of the world’s best time trialists show up to battle for the rainbow jersey.
Phinney was hoping for a top-10, but stopped the clock in 57:36.43 (48.327kph), at 3:52.58 slower than new world time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany.
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“I was hoping for a better result. It’s only my only second time trial of this distance. I will figure it out. I would have liked a top-10,” Phinney told VeloNews. “I felt good on the first lap, so it was interesting pacing yourself through the race. When I started off, I felt really good, I was just trying to hold some sort of a rhythm. The last lap, I felt relatively empty.”
Phinney was coming off an encouraging fifth-place in the 47km individual time trial at the Vuelta a España and was quietly optimistic for an equally strong ride Wednesday in Copenhagen.
Phinney said strong winds and a malfunctioning radio made for a challenging race, but admitted he must continue to work before being able to battle for medals against the likes of Martin and Fabian Cancelllara.
“I do think I could spend a little more time in the wind-tunnel this off-season,” he said. “I think I still have some room to grow. I have to reach another level. Now on to Sunday.”
Talansky, meanwhile, watched most of the race from the “hot seat.” After starting in the second of four waves of riders in the 65-rider field, Talansky set an early top-3 time that stood until the final 16 favorites hit the pavement.
Talansky stopped the clock in 57:41.74 (48.253kph), less than six seconds slower than Phinney.
“I am pretty happy with it, for me personally, it was better than the TT I did in the Vuelta, especially on a flat course that is not ideal for me, so I am pretty happy with it,” Talansky told VeloNews.
“I didn’t have a number goal, I wanted to see how I recovered, how I felt. At the end of the day, the result doesn’t matter as much, it shows what I did between the Vuelta and the worlds was the right way. I am pretty happy with it. It was better than I expected.”
The U.S. team was hoping that one of the young pair could sneak into the top-10 among nation finishers to assure the Americans two starting positions in next year’s Olympic Games time trial competition.
The top-10 nations in Wednesday’s time trial will be awarded a second starting slot for London.
Phinney’s 15th just fell short of finishing within the top-10 countries, however. Svein Tuft of Canada, 13th at 18 seconds faster than Phinney, captured the 10th-best nation-ranked result on the day.
Amber Neben, who rode to eighth in the women’s time trial race on Tuesday, assured that the U.S. women will have two starting positions for next year’s Olympic Games in London.