It’s been circulating on the rumor mill but now it’s official. Newly minted US Pro TT Champion, along with all of his other titles, Taylor Phinney is joining the BMC Racing Team in 2011.
Here’s the press release:
Multi-time world and U.S. national champion Taylor Phinney will become part of the BMC Racing Team in 2011, joining the American team that already includes Cadel Evans, George Hincapie and Alessandro Ballan.
A Perfect Match. BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz said adding the 20-year-old to the BMC Racing Team bodes well for both the future of the American team and the Boulder, Colo., resident. On Saturday in Greenville, S.C., Phinney won the national time trial title by .14 seconds.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to work with one of the world’s most celebrated and gifted cyclists,” Ochowicz said. “Taylor will continue with his track racing goals and join the team on the road at events that will allow him to gain the necessary experience in selected professional events. He will be supported in these efforts by a highly successful group of teammates all of which are eager to reach out and share their experiences with him.”
A Good Fit. Phinney said he chose the BMC Racing Team because it offered him so much.
“When (Jim) Ochowicz first sold my family and me on the program, we were just blown away with the way he and the BMC Racing Team organization carried themselves,” Phinney said. “They have a team with a lot of younger guys mixed with veteran riders and team leaders like Evans, Hincapie and Ballan. It seemed like the right fit for me. BMC also makes fast bikes. I’m excited to see what they can make for me on the track.”
While specific terms and length of his contract are not being disclosed, Phinney said the team’s long-term sponsorship by BMC was a factor in his decision. He is the son of two-time Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney and Olympic gold and world champion cyclist Connie Carpenter.
Success On Road And Track. Phinney has two elite world pursuit championships, one junior world pursuit title and one junior world time trial championship to his credit, in addition to participating in the Beijing Olympics. The seven-time elite national champion on the track has enjoyed phenomenal success on the road this year, winning four stages and the overall title at Holland’s Olympia’s Tour, in addition to his second straight victory at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs. He also won stages of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the SRAM Tour of the Gila and the prologue of the Tour de l’Avenir.
“I’m looking forward to getting into pro racing, riding the front and doing my duties while seeing if I can win some races,” Phinney said. “I don’t want to be the high-maintenance neo-pro. That never works out well. If I get a good base and foundation and a lot of race days, the wins will come naturally.”