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Only 20, Taylor Phinney has already won five world titles. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Only 20, Taylor Phinney has already won five world titles. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Taylor Phinney Recovering From Crash

25. February 2011

Lucca, Italy

Taylor Phinney suffered a mild concussion Friday when he crashed on a training ride near his home in Lucca, Italy. But BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the U.S. national time trial champion is doing fine and will be closely monitored over the next 48 hours.

'Freak Accident'

Phinney said he collided with fellow American Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo) when the two crossed wheels while making a turn. "We kind of got jumbled. It was a freak accident," he said. "The next thing we knew, we found ourselves flipping over our bikes and onto the ground. All I remember was smacking my head pretty hard. I definitely have to thank the people at Bell because if hadn't been wearing my helmet, I would have suffered a pretty bad injury."

Passed Initial Tests
Phinney was able to ride home before undergoing a remote medical examination from Testa. "We did some simple tests for balance and coordination over Skype, which he passed," Testa said. "Now we're just monitoring him closely. If he's feeling OK on Saturday, we'll see if he can spin on the trainer without developing a headache and then we'll go from there. We will need some time to fully evaluate the extent of the crash and then we'll make a decision on how to organize his training and racing."