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Cycling: Phinney makes history in Dubai

Taylor Phinney rode into cycling's history books on Wednesday, the American claiming the first stage of the inaugural Tour of Dubai.

DUBAI: Taylor Phinney rode into cycling's history books on Wednesday -- the American claiming the first stage of the inaugural Tour of Dubai.

The BMC rider won the four-stage event's 9.9 kilometre time trial by 14 seconds from his British teammate Steve Cummings.

Denmark's 2012 Olympic omnium gold medallist Lasse Hansen was a further 16 seconds adrift in third, with German world time trial champion Tony Martin, who set off last, coming fourth.

Phinney had felt confident about his level of preparedness -- a newcomer going into the professional cycling circuit after a second place in an Argentine season warm-up last month.

"I thought I was going to beat my record of watts, I reached 490. I knew I was already in good condition as I'd worked well over the winter," said the 23-year-old.

Phinney, the son of two Olympic medallists at the 1984 Games, is an early starter -- the 2009 and 2010 world pursuit champion finishing on the podium in last year's neighbouring Tour of Qatar.

Thursday's second stage favouring sprinters in the peloton is a 122-kilometre run from the capital of the United Arab Emirates state to Palm Jumeirah.

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