Taylor Phinney of Team Trek-Livestrong is currently showing off his speed and skills at the 2010 Tour of Qatar, finishing among the top ten for the second time in a row. He finished the third stage last Tuesday in 7th place and placed 8th on Wednesday, proving that he is capable of matching the best riders in the world, despite his young age.
Phinney, who is currently racing for Trek-Livestrong at the age of 19, is riding against some of the world’s best sprinters, but he is not exhibiting any signs of being intimidated at all. The last two stages, in fact, proves that the young cyclist is more than capable of riding successfully at breakneck speeds.
Some detractors may have called it luck when he finished in the top ten on the second stage, but repeating the feat at the next stage may have shut them up. Phinney agrees that he had something to prove. “I wanted to come out and prove that yesterday wasn’t just luck… but I’m really happy with today. It reinforces that I wasn’t lucky but that I can also get some top tens here.”
The American rider certainly has proven himself as one of the best on the tracks, having won several world and national championships, but he is also looking to establish a winning reputation on the road as well. Phinney is racing in the Tour of Qatar and the upcoming Tour of Oman as a build-up for competing in the World Track Championships this March, so he is still looking to add to his collection of medals, both on the tracks and on the road.