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Posted by Editoress on 02/5/14
Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) won the first stage of the Dubai Tour. The American rider now wears all the leader's jerseys in this new Asian race.
In today's individual time trial, Phinney beat his team-mate, the Briton Steven Cummings, into second place, while the Danish Olympic Champion (Omnium) on Team Garmin-Sharp, Lasse Norman Hansen, was third.
Taylor Phinney's quotes from the post race press conference
"If there's an event that's best for me, it's anything around 12 minutes and below. I haven't had many opportunities to ride short time trials since I've been pro - they seem to be phasing out short time trials and Prologues - so I was really happy when this course came out. It means a lot to win today. I've been thinking about this race since they came out with the race route weeks ago. I knew there would be some big names here. Specifically, Tony Martin is good in any time trial. especially on a road bike, so I'm overjoyed and relieved that I have won."
"I decided to go early because of the weather report. It looked like the wind was going to build up. I hope it was the same conditions for everyone, but I don't know. You want everyone to go at the same time, but it's not easy when there are 125 of you."
"After a disappointing 2013, I've had a good off-season. I'm fresh mentally and physically but I've also been training a lot. The team has a different approach this year: all the riders have individual goals, and I'm a goal-setting-type person, so I like that. Today was a big goal for me. I'm happy with the way my Dubai Tour has started."
The bigger picture.
"The win is a big confidence booster for me. I thought I knew what I was capable of on a course like this, but I exceeded my expectations today. I haven't won the Dubai Tour yet. There are a lot of variables in this race: wind, climbs on St 3, more wind on St 4. All I can do is take it day by day. There's some strong competition here, but BMC has a good team, we have also Steve Cummings who is strong and in a good position, so I'm excited. It's a short race but it's going to be intense. A lot of things can happen over the next couple of days, we just have to stay calm, we have a good chance."
|Stage 1: Downtown Dubai ITT, 10.1 km|
|1 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:12:03|
|2 Steven Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team||at 0:14|
|3 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin-Sharp||0:16|
|4 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma Quick Step||0:22|
|5 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing||0:25|
|6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale||0:31|
|7 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team||0:32|
|8 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale||0:35|
|9 Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha||s.t.|
|10 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team||0:37|
|41 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp||0:57|
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