Taylor Phinney, son of 1980’s cycling heroes Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter won the under 23 version of the Paris-Roubaix yesterday the 170 km, under-23 (U23) version of the famed cycling classic best known for its punishing cobblestone roads.
The first American champion in the race’s 43-year history, the 18-year-old son of former professional racing cyclist Davis Phinney and former Olympic cycling gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney entered the race’s finishing section "the Roubaix velodrome" in a breakaway group of 10 other riders.
Racing aboard a slightly modified version of his team issue Trek Madone 6.9 – outfitted for the race with Bontrager Classics wheels, Race XXX Lite tubular tires, a Race XXX Lite Carbon stem, and a Race Lite VR handlebar – the 2009 Individual Pursuit World Champion uncorked his winning sprint with half a lap to go, setting a furious pace that none of the others could match.
"How do you like them apples?" Tweeted a jubilant Phinney after his win. We’ve heard the same saying from 7 Time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong
"F***ing beautiful. Lovin life, my team, and my sponsors (especially Trek!)."
Taylor Phinney races as part of the Trek Livestrong U23 team.