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Phinney cycles to win in first state of Giro d’Italia

Sun., May 6, 2012, midnight

HERNING, Denmark – American Taylor Phinney won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 5.4-mile individual time trial on Saturday.

Phinney became the first American to wear the pink jersey since Christian Vande Velde when Garmin won the opening team time trial in Palermo in 2008.

The BMC Racing cyclist finished in 10.26 minutes, 9 seconds ahead of British cyclist Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) in the 198-strong field. Home favorite Alex Rasmussen, whose career hung in the balance last year after he missed a doping test, finished third.

The 21-year-old Phinney increased his pace on the second part of the course, improving on his 2-second advantage over Thomas at the halfway stage.

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