Trek-LIVESTRONG’s Taylor Phinney has won the 2009 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, the 170 km (105.6 mile), under-23 (U23) version of the famed cycling classic best known for its punishing cobblestone roads. The first American champion in the race’s 43-year history, the 18-year-old son of former professional racing cyclist Davis Phinney and former Olympic cycling gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney entered the race’s finishing section—the Roubaix velodrome—in a breakaway group of 10 other riders. Racing aboard his team issue Trek Madone 6.9—outfitted for the race with Bontrager Classics wheels, Race XXX Lite tubular tires, a Race XXX Lite Carbon stem, and a Race Lite VR handlebar—the 2009 Individual Pursuit World Champion uncorked his winning sprint with half a lap to go, setting a furious pace that none of the others could match.
“How do you like them apples??” Tweeted a jubilant Phinney after his win. “F***ing beautiful. Lovin life, my team, and my sponsors (especially Trek!).”