Vasil Kiryienka

Taylor Phinney top U.S. finisher in World Championships time trial

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Two-time Olympian Taylor Phinney returned from a career-threatening May 2014 crash to finish as the top American in the World Road Cycling Championships time trial, placing 12th overall in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday.

Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus won in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 29.45 seconds, with Phinney riding the 33-mile course slower by 1 minute, 36.99 seconds. Full results are here.

Phinney, who finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic road race and time trial, competed after missing the 2014 World Championships due to crashing and shattering his left leg at the May 2014 U.S. Championships. In his comeback, Phinney also competed at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge earlier this year.

On Wednesday, Kiryienka claimed the biggest race win of his career, by nine seconds over Italian Adriano Malori.

German Tony Martin, a three-time World time trial champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, was seventh after breaking his collarbone while wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France in July.

The 2012 Olympic and 2014 World champion Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain is not competing in Richmond as he focuses on track cycling in a bid to make his fifth Olympic team.

The World Road Cycling Championships finish this weekend with the women’s and men’s road races. Here’s the full broadcast schedule.

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