Riders pay tribute to 'inspirational' Taylor Phinney

The American retires this year, age 29, with riders paying tribute to his character and talent

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Taylor Phinney (EF Education First), who announced his retirement at 29 years old, left a mark in the peloton. For those close to him, he is an "inspirational" and "intelligent" rider to be around.

The American had suffered to return to his best since breaking his leg in 2014 at the US National Championships road race. This year, he was held back by knee issues in the Classics, but his palmarès includes the Under-23 Paris-Roubaix win twice, world track titles, a stage and a stint in the pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia .

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.