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Taylor Phinney chooses BMC Racing

9/22/2010

GENEVA -- American cyclist Taylor Phinney has signed with the Swiss-U.S. squad BMC Racing, turning down a contract with Lance Armstrong's RadioShack team.

Phinney, a two-time pursuit world champion, says on BMC's website that its long-term backing for the team influenced his decision. His new teammates include road race world champion Cadel Evans of Australia and U.S. veteran George Hincapie.

The 20-year-old Phinney was promoted to ride for RadioShack in August after starting the season with Armstrong's Trek-Livestrong development squad.

Phinney won the past two under-23 editions of the cobblestoned Paris-Roubaix race.

His parents, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter, both were cycling medalists at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.