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by Shane Stokes
May 12, 2017
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Over a month after he crashed out of the Tour of Flanders and suffered a concussion which kept him out of Paris-Roubaix, Taylor Phinney will make his competitive return on Sunday. The American rider has been named as one of two leaders for the Cannondale-Drapac team in the Amgen Tour of California, along with GC hope Andrew Talansky.
“It took about four weeks to fully recover to start really training again,” he said. “I feel fortunate that I had the patience to do that, and the team had the patience in me to be able to do that,”
“I’ve been training now for almost two weeks, and I feel pretty decent. I’m always stoked to go to California, because it’s just fun to race in America. I’m feeling great about it.”
He has a target in mind, namely the 24 kilometre race against the clock at Big Bear Lake next Friday.
“A time trial at altitude – I’d like to do well there,” he said. “I feel like I have a pretty good opportunity to bang out a result. That’s my main focus for the week. It would be great if we could win some stages. Maybe win the overall.”