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Taylor Phinney slowly made his way to the podium after his crash on Monday's stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney slowly made his way to the podium after his crash on Monday's stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

No Broken Bones For Giro d'Italia Leader Taylor Phinney

8. May 2012

Taylor Phinney of the BMC Racing Team needed three stitches to close a wound to his right ankle, but X-rays revealed no broken bones for the leader of the Giro d'Italia.

Rest Day Tuesday
Phinney was injured when he could not avoid a pile-up of cyclists who had crashed in front of him about 125 meters from the finish of Monday's 190-kilometer stage in Horsens, Denmark. He underwent X-rays on his right foot early Tuesday morning at a hospital in Verona, Italy, following a scheduled flight from Denmark for the first of two rest days in the three-week race. BMC Racing Team Doctor Dario Spinelli said preliminary review of the X-rays with the hospital's overnight radiologist revealed no broken bones. "We'll take another look at his ankle later today and see how it's healing," Spinelli said. "It's definitely good that this happened before a rest day, since the transport and treatment process took so long. Taylor will enjoy a good night of sleep without the stress of having to get ready to race." The Giro d'Italia resumes Wednesday with the Stage 4 team time trial.