The kid sure seems like the real deal. The other guys must have knew they were doomed as soon as he hit the track!
Impressive.. imagine the pressure of having eddy merckx in your team car... wow.
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You have to wonder how many people have won this race at age 18. It's insane. I can't wait to see this guy at worlds.
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Wow, thats a big win.
I would have figured his track experience would certainly have been a huge advantage.
Obviously he had the smarts and power to win. And an awesome win it is.
I don't think his track skill makes him a better roadie; more the other way around.
Imagine Eddy Merckx married Jeannine Longo.
They have a boy who likes to ride.
Next thing you know, he's destroying the world before puberty.
I look forward to Taylor's development.
edit: something didn't sound quite right with that
I wish he was a climber.
There are currently no great American climbers, it'd be nice to have one just dominate the Italians and basque guys.
Broken until next season
In other news, my teammate, Kendall Ryan, won the womens paris roubaix. Going on to the worlds road race. Good day for American cycling.
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Wow ... awesome win! Watching his development with great anticipation.
the kid is beating the pants off people at the age of 18 and people here are saying he's too big to climb? so is 6ft2 the cutoff? 'cause that's what miguel was, and i think he won a few tours de frances, which i believe featured mountains that had to be climbed. at 6ft4 phinney has no chance? i guess i could stand to watch a tall lanky american win paris roubaix, even if it's not george.
I'm not going say he can't be a grand tour contender, but he certainly has a big challenge ahead of him physically because of his size to get there. He looks to be a perfect match for some of the 1 week tours and the classics, though.
To be 18 and so strong in U23 racing is pretty impressive.
If the kid can time trial and the kid can sprint, who says he can't learn to fly? The kid is 18! If he keeps at it and keeps his head on straight, he could be lethal in a grand tour.
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