Phinney is back on the bike

Jun 30, 2014
Category: Rider Interviews  Stage 5 

Great news: Amgen Tour of California stage 5 winner Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) is back on the bike after sustaining two fractures to his lower left leg and injuring his knee on Memorial Day last month at the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship. But it’s only a stationary bike for now.

"It was only one hour, so it was not like this big, long bike ride. But I am getting used to that. A lot of my physical therapy is about maintaining mobility," said Phinney, who celebrated his 24th birthday with the June 27 pedal.

Back home in Boulder, Colorado after undergoing two surgeries in Chattanooga, Tennessee after the crash followed by a rehab stint in Park City, Utah, Phinney said, "I feel pretty good. It is a long process, so I am trying to keep my mind activated."

BMC Racing Team’s Dr. Max Testa said the newly minted USA Cycling Professional Time Trial champ is recovering remarkably well. While no timetable has been given for Phinney’s return to competition, he is ahead of schedule on the long road back from such a devastating injury.

"His progress has been amazing. He has actually recovered at a very rapid rate and is ahead of the curve at this time,” said Dr. Testa.

Being in Boulder means that Phinney is near family and friends, who are helping him overcome the setback that prevented what was to have been his debut at the Tour de France. His spirits have been lifted by the many fans and supporters who have offered encouragement from all over the world. "I want to thank everyone who has wished me well. It has made the situation a lot more bearable. I also have quite a few friends in Boulder who have come over and spent time with me, which has been nice.