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Photographer Tim de Waele shot Taylor Phinney relaxing with his maglia rosa in the BMC Racing Team motorcoach. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)
Photographer Tim de Waele shot Taylor Phinney relaxing with his maglia rosa in the BMC Racing Team motorcoach. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)

BMC Racing Team's Phinney Rests, Rides On Giro d'Italia Rest Day

8. mei 2012

Giro d'Italia race leader Taylor Phinney slept in, rested some more and got in a quick spin on his BMC during the race's first rest day Tuesday in Verona, Italy.

Feeling Fortunate
Phinney was still sleeping when the other eight riders on the BMC Racing Team did a two-hour, morning training session on their BMC teammachine TM01s in preparation for Wednesday's team time trial. "I woke up really late this morning, 11:30, which is definitely a good sign that I rested a fair amount," Phinney said one day after being caught up in a crash at the finish of Stage 3. Phinney said he felt fortunate the mishap that left him with a gash in his right ankle – which required three stitches – occurred so close to the finish. "With the way my foot was feeling, I don't think I would have been able to get up and continue if I had to ride for another 30 or 40 kilometers," he said.

Swelling Going Down
BMC Racing Team Doctor Dario Spinelli examined Phinney's ankle before Tuesday's late afternoon training ride. "The area where his ankle was stitched up looks like it is healing normally and the swelling is going down," Spinelli said. Phinney said he took a cautious approach in his first time back on the bike. "I rode for about 15 minutes and definitely started to warm up," he said. "It's not the most comfortable sensation riding with a super swollen ankle, but I made some modifications to my shoes. We'll see what tomorrow brings."

Listen to a complete interview with Taylor Phinney on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.