Taylor Phinney is simultaneously attended to by medics and interviewed after his Giro d’Italia stage 3 crash
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No regret to have abandoned track cycling prior to the Olympics
In three days at the Giro d’Italia, Taylor Phinney has become an absolute star in the world of cycling. After taking the pink jersey in the inaugural time trial in Herning, he made the highlights for crashing two days in a row but in both instances he showed his poise and stood uncomplaining on the race leader’s podium.
In stage 2, Phinney went down with 8.3km to go but the only consequence was mechanical, and BMC Racing Team president Jim Ochowicz was forced to put his protégé’s chain back on the ring. Phinney’s crash in stage 3 seemed more serious for his physical integrity but he insisted to be seen on TV to send an immediate message to his friends and family that he was fine.
Sprinting in the top fifteen positions of the bunch, possibly too close to the front according to Italian experts at the race, Phinney was taken down as a consequence of the pile up on the right side of Mark Cavendish. He didn’t cross the finishing line other than in ambulance but he was however classified at the last place of the stage with the same time as the winner Matt Goss.
“There was a moment of confusion,” Phinney explained. “I was getting some ice on my injured ankle and I told the driver of the ambulance: please take me to the finishing line. I wanted to show to my dad and my sister who were watching TV that I was fine.” The ambulance drove Phinney for one lap of the 14.6km final circuit to deliver the hero to the finishing area where he received his third pink jersey on stage, even though the award had already been symbolically presented to a kid and the crowd had
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