Cycling Central’s Sophie Smith spoke with Taylor Phinney about life at Cannondale-Drapac and life beyond – beyond the team, beyond the sport.
The curious 26-year-old had all the markings of a commercial champion in the making when he turned pro with BMC Racing for a reportedly healthy sum in 2011.
If anyone could be forgiven for a blinkered mentality – seen as a pro and con to those in the industry – it’s the eldest son of 1980s cycling legends Davis and Connie, who irrespective of pedigree forged his own name quickly on the track and road, across three Olympic Games.
Such an outlook was perhaps once enough for the time-trial specialist, who has a shot at taking the first yellow jersey of the Tour de France in July should he be selected in new team Cannondale-Drapac’s squad.
But a life outside of the sport seems to have become equally important to Phinney, who has previously admitted he toyed with the idea of premature retirement in the aftermath of a well-documented high-speed crash at the 2014 U.S. national road championships, which wiped him from competition for more than a year.