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Taylor Phinney (center) added a few more scrapes and bruises to his body after another crash Thursday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney (center) added a few more scrapes and bruises to his body after another crash Thursday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 5: Surviving Another Day

10. May 2012

Taylor Phinney got caught up in another crash Thursday at the Giro d'Italia but the BMC Racing Team rider said he is not even thinking of quitting the race he led for three days.

'Out of My Control'
Phinney hit the pavement when some riders crashed in front of him with 31 kilometers to go in the 209 km race. He was not seriously hurt, got back on his BMC and crossed the finish line a little more than 12 minutes after stage winner Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling). "I made it through an entire classics season with no crashes – nothing in the beginning of the year – and then I come here and it seems like it's (crashes) every day," Phinney said. "A lot of it has been out of my control. The only thing I can control is my attitude towards it and I've accepted that's way the sport is. And that's the way life is – you have highs and lows. You kind of ride the roller coaster and see where it takes you." Phinney, who had been wearing the white jersey of best young rider in lieu of actual classification leader (and race leader) Ramunas Navardauskas of Garmin-Barracuda – tumbled from fifth to 174th in the overall standings. His crash Thursday followed one on Sunday, another one Monday in which he suffered a deep gouge to his right ankle, and a near crash in Wednesday's team time trial. The former U.S. national time trial champion said he is taking it all in stride. "I lost a bunch of time but I'm not here to do the general classification," he said. "I have to be lucky that I'm able to continue on and look forward to the next couple days."

Frank, Santambrogio Also Crash
Teammates Mathias Frank and Mauro Santambrogio were also involved in a crash on the final climb of the day but neither sustained serious injury, said BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri. "When you crash, it's bad," Sciandri said. "But if you don't break anything, it's good. We'll continue to keep our fingers crossed." Marco Pinotti, in 20th overall, 37 seconds off the lead, remains the best-placed BMC Racing Team rider.