Team BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney Powers to Stage 1 Time Trial Victory in Giro d'Italia

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05/5/2012| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Team BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney on the road to victory in stage 1 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia in Denmark. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney on the road to victory in stage 1 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia in Denmark. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney Powers to Stage 1 Time Trial Victory in Giro d'Italia

Team BMC Racing's American time trial power house Taylor Phinney stunned the Danish spectators with an amazing performance on the roads of Herning, Denmark. Phinney won stage 1 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia finishing ahead of Team Sky's Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) and Team Garmin-Barracuda's Alex Rasmussen, who was riding on home turf in Denmark.

and he truly proves big class and I know much he has been looking forward to this. He disposed his energy really well throughout the course and I think he did his very best performance today. Of course, we wanted to win, but I can only be satisfied with Manuele's effort." Riis told Danish media he predicts that Boaro will finish in a top 10 position overall in the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

Boaro himself was happy with the support from the Danish Team Saxo Bank fans along the route in Herning and said he really gave it his all on the time trial bike today. "I dug really deep and I couldn't have gone any faster. Of course I wanted to win and I hope that Bjarne (Riis) is happy with my performance. The support from the crowd couldn't have been bigger and they gave me tail wind all the way to the finish line. Now, the race has begun and I'm looking forward to all three weeks."

Before Phinney, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, however, put a stop to Boaro's dreams of winning the time trial. Thomas cut nine seconds off Boaro's finishing time and took the overall stage lead while Phinney was still powering through the Herning course.

"I think I measured it pretty well. I tried to carry my speed through the corners. In one or two I could have gone a bit faster, but losing by nine seconds I can't blame it on a couple of corners. Coming from the track, there's a temptation to try and sprint fast out of those corners but that would obviously take a lot out of me so it was all about judging it correctly which I think I did."

"I definitely tried to keep a bit back for the last 3k and that headwind and then I emptied the tank all the way to the line. It didn't feel amazing but I was obviously going okay and am happy to have been up there."

Tomorrow's 206 kilometer stage 2 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia will start and end in Herning, Denmark and the riders will be forced to struggle with the fierce winds, which dominate the Danish west coast. The route is feared by many of the favorites for the general classification.

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