Phinney predicts 'gnarly' cobbled stage on Sunday

Taylor Phinney rides in the bunch during stage 6 at the Tour de France

Taylor Phinney is not happy about riding the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix during the Tour de France on Sunday. That may strange from the American who finished eighth in this year's Paris-Roubaix and who dreams about one day lifting the pavé prize in the centre of the velodrome. But Phinney is frustrated that the stage will be a battle of survival amongst the overall contenders rather then a race between the best Classics riders. "It's going to be gnarly, man," Phinney warned Cyclingnews , his hipster drawl worsened by the fatigue of a week on the Tour. "It's going to be a bunch of grown men going crazy, trying to protect the smallest guy on their team." Phinney is fine riding shotgun for EF Education First-Drapac team leader Rigoberto Uran on stage 9 on Sunday . Indeed, he's ready to give his all in the hope that the Colombian can finish ...

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