Taylor Phinney: I'm happy to be the guy that can remix the ignition
Jul 02 2017 10:16 pm CET

Taylor Phinney: I'm happy to be the guy that can remix the ignition
Taylor Phinney: I'm happy to be the guy that can remix the ignition
Photo of Taylor Phinney by the A.S.O.

Taylor Phinney of Cannondale-Drapac took the first Polka Dot Jersey of this year's Tour de France after winning both King of the Mountain sprints in Sunday's 2nd stage.

Phinney was one of four riders to attack right at the start of the stage. The American easily won the first sprint and repeated this on the second summit of the day.

"This was the plan this morning," Phinney said after the stage. "To go out and get the KOM jersey. To have a plan work out on the first day of the race is great for the team. It impacts the general flow of things when we start off on a good note.

"This is my first year with the team, and I'm happy to be the guy that can remix the ignition as R. Kelly would say."

Sports Director Tom Southam elaborated on the plan. "We analyzed the stage, and the way the points were going to work today," he said. "We knew if Taylor won the first climb, even if he didn't win the second, because he was so high on GC, he would automatically get the jersey.

"We knew if he went in the break and the break went quickly, even if he was caught before the last climb, there would be a good chance he would still have it, an even better chance if he could make it further and get over the second climb."

Phinney, who suffered three injuries this season and surprised all by recovering on time to take part in this Tour de France, becomes the first American since Tejay Van Garderen in 2011 to wear the Polka Dot Jersey.




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