As Taylor Phinney took his seat for BMC’s pre-Roubaix press conference in Kortrijk, Belgium, Thursday, his father, American cycling legend Davis Phinney, slipped quietly into the room and assumed a seat in the back.
Largely unnoticed by the swarming European press corps, Phinney looked on as his son – a two-time winner of Paris-Roubaix’s U23 edition – fielded questions alongside some of the sport’s biggest names: Thor Hushovd, Allesandro Ballan and George Hincapie. The experience was a special one for the former Team 7-11 sprinter, who spoke exclusively with VeloNews.com.
“Yeah, [Taylor’s debut at Roubaix] is very special,” explained the elder Phinney, who was joined in Belgium Friday by his wife, Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Connie Carpenter, and Taylor’s younger sister Kelsey.
“It feels really good to be back in Belgium. I hadn’t flown into Brussels in a long time. There’s a certain kind of familiarity with this place and with these people that I’ve always loved. So, I’m really happy to be here and happy that the whole family will be here to see Taylor’s debut.”