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Taylor Phinney returns to familiar ground in preparation for Tour of California

Taylor Phinney returns to familiar ground in preparation for Tour of California

A little familiarity goes a long way for pro cyclist Taylor Phinney.

So the 26-year-old should feel right at home when the Amgen Tour of California men’s race starts Sunday in Sacramento.

Phinney, a Boulder, Colo., native, competes in Europe six months a year, but spends winters in Southern California, traversing Mulholland Drive, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Angeles National Forest to train for his American-based Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team.

“Anytime you can feel like you’re riding on a road that you’re comfortable with, that you know, that you’re familiar with the bumps, the potholes and the natural curvature of the road, you feel just a little bit more...

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