Taylor Phinney, after starting on a high, is pushing towards the end of the Giro d’Italia. The American of BMC Racing is hoping to complete the race with a time trial win, a bookend to his ride into the pink jersey on day one.

“It’s just one day at a time because we have to make it there first and right now, we have a lot more climbing ahead,” Phinney told Cycling Weekly. “I know on paper I have a good chance to win. I’d like to do that, but it’s just mentally getting through these next days. I have to push myself hard enough after three weeks of digging myself into a big hole.”

Phinney finished today’s to Alpe di Pampeago stage in one of the last groups, quite the opposite to how he started the race. He won the Herning time trial ahead of Geraint Thomas (Sky) and the right to wear the pink jersey. He defended and charmed Italian fans with his fluent grasp of their language.

His run ended in Verona due to a carsh two days earlier in stage three. Roberto Ferrari (Androni) crashed him, Mark Cavendish (Sky) and others on the sprint in Horsens. Because of a sprained ankle, he was unable to help his team keep the pink jersey in the Verona time trial. He lost the jersey and resumed his place in the pack.

Phinney won the individual pursuit World Championships and as an under-23 rider, the time trial World Championships and Paris-Roubaix twice. However, he’s still only in his second year as a professional and the Giro d’Italia is only his second Grand Tour.

“I’m pretty tired,” Phinney said. The fans outside the bus recognised him and nearly knocked him over for his autograph. He seemed ready to growl.

“You just learn that every day, you wake up, pretty grumpy and tired and you just have to push through it and get on your bike. It’s weird because when you’re riding easy you kind of feel like shit, on the climbs you start going hard… After a couple of weeks, you feel better and better. It’s interesting, because you’re mentally so fatigued and your body is compensating every day and pushing through it.

“It’s more of mental thing than a physical thing. You get to the last week, if you want to complete it, then it’s mostly up to your mind to be willing to suffer enough to get through it.”

The time trial came back to mind. He’s been looking over the map in the ‘Garibaldi’ road book. “It has a lot of turns,” he added. “It’s good for me and I’ll have my chance to win.”

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Giro d’Italia 2012: Stage reports

Stage 19: Kreuziger bounces back with Giro stage win

Stage 18: Guardini beats Cavendish in final Giro sprint

Stage 17: Rodriguez wins stage to consolidate lead

Stage 16: Izagirre claims Basque breakaway victory

Stage 15: Rabottini takes tough win in Giro

Stage 14: Amador wins Giro’s first high mountain stage as Hesjedal reclaims lead

Stage 13: Cavendish makes it three

Stage 12: Bak attacks to win

Stage 11: Ferrari wins Giro stage on ride to redemption

Stage 10: Rodriguez wins thrilling finale to take lead

Stage nine: Ventoso wins in Frosinone as Goss and Cavendish fall

Stage eight: Pozzovivo takes another Giro win

Stage seven: Hesjedal moves into Giro lead

Stage six: Rubiano solos to epic Giro stage win

Stage five: Cavendish bounces back for another stage win

Stage four: Garmin-Barracuda win TTT to take lead

Stage three: Goss wins in Horsens as Cavendish and Phinney crash

Stage two: Cavendish wins in Herning

Stage one: Phinney wins time trial

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Giro d’Italia 2012: Blogs

Charly Wegelius’ Giro blog: Conserving energy for the final week

Charly Wegelius’ Giro blog: Holding on to the lead

Charly Wegelius’ Giro blog: Getting the team time trial right

Giro moto blog: Hurray for rest day

Giro moto blog: Stage 10

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