Taylor Phinney of the BMC Racing Team broke away 25 kilometers from the finish Thursday at the Amgen Tour of California and held off the charging pack on the run-in to the oceanside finish in Santa Barbara to earn his third victory of the season.
"This was a great ride by Taylor," remarked Bobby Julich. "You could see from the salt stains on his jersey that it was another taxing day on the riders and he saw his opportunity to go for the stage and took it. Obvioulsy, Cannondale wasn't messing around up San Marcos Pass in their attempt to drop the sprinters, but he absorbed that effort very well. The descent favoured a bigger guy like Taylor, but he really had to fight during the run in to Santa Barbara. Each one of those rollers could have been the end of his breakaway attempt, but he powered over them and kept his speed and cadence very high. Averaging over 400w, 105 rpm and over 50kph at the end of a stage like that was world class. Very few riders could have pulled that off, but Taylor seems to be making it his signature move in road races. I liked the way that once he committed to the effort, he never looked back until he was preparing his victory salute.... which was, in my opinion, also world class!"
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SRM marker 2 highlights the first climb where Taylor used approximately 70% of his maximum power for nearly 30 minutes.
SRM marker 3 is a segment in the 2nd climb during which Taylor delivered a cadence average above 90rpm, an exceptional effort!
"I had a lot of help from they team today. Larry Warbasse, Greg Van Avermaet and Thor Hushovd, especially. They just rallied around me and it's always nice to to have that. It's good for the confidence. You believe in yourself a little bit more when you have a team that believes in you." -Taylor Phinney
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The last marker illustrates the final section as Phinney powered on his own to the finish with a cadence of 100 and an average power of over 400 watts.
Phinney's bold solo attack earned him Amgen’s "Breakaway from cancer" most courageous rider jersey.