Taylor Phinney to BMC?

In a move that would seem to be bound to piss off Lance Armstrong and the rest of the Team Radio Shack organization, cyclismag is reporting that Taylor Phinney will NOT be racing for TRS in 2011, but instead has signed with BMC Racing.

Taylor Phinney ne courra pas pour Radio Shack

Le prodige américain, double champion du Monde de poursuite et double vainqueur de Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, ne courra pas en faveur du Team Radio Shack en 2011, a appris www.cyclismag.com auprès de l’équipe américaine. Au sein de cette dernière, Taylor Phinney avait effectué un stage sur le Tour du Danemark. Issu de la réserve continentale Trek-Livestrong, son passage chez Radio Shack semblait une formalité mais il a changé d’avis.

Phinney serait désormais très proche d’un accord avec le Team BMC, qui compte déjà dans ses rangs plusieurs coureurs américains dont le champion national sur route George Hincapie.

via Cyclismag, le cyclisme à visage humain : magazine du cyclisme.

Roughly translated:

The American prodigy, double World Champion in the pursuit and two-time conqueror of Paris Roubaix Espoirs, will not race for Team Radio Shack in 2011, learned www.cyclismag.com from the American team. Recently, Taylor Phinney carried out a trial with the team at the Tour of Denmark. Coming from the Continental team Trek-Livestrong, his passage with Radio Shack seemed a formality.

Phinney seems to be very close to an agreement with the Team BMC, which already counts in its roster several American racers, including US National Road Champion George Hincapie.

I guess the only real question is whether Phinney decided not to sign for Radio Shack, or if Radio Shack decided not to sign Phinney. Given the recent investigation into allegations of systematic doping by the organization when still sponsored by the US Postal Service (and I can’t imagine that much else has changed within the organization, except for the legal registration of the holding company), I would hope that this was Phinney’s decision.