(Copenhagen) – It was all Trek/Livestong at the World Track Championships in Denmark on Thursday, as defending world champion Taylor Phinney (USA) squared off against U-23 teammate Jesse Sergent (NZ) in the individual pursuit finals. While Sergent set a blistering pace earlier in the day to qualify in first place, the 20-year-old American proved his prowess by posting a winning time of 4:16.600 (55.714kph) in the evening’s gold medal round, capturing a second consecutive World Track Championship aboard a track-specific Trek Equinox TTX bicycle.
“I came here to win, so it’s really a relief,” said a victorious post-race Phinney. “I put a lot of effort into this race. This is a fast track, and we saw some fast times.”
Sergent admitted his disappointment with second place was softened by the fact Phinney is a close friend as well as a teammate.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, but Taylor is a good friend of mine so it’s not as bad,” said Sergent, who posted a time of 4:18.459 for silver.
The podium was rounded out by Australian Jack Bobridge, who took bronze with a time of 4:18.066.
Follow the Trek/Livestrong U-23 Team as they compete this season on their website, http://www.treklivestrongu23.com.