Taylor Phinney returns to racing at Tour of Utah

Taylor Phinney climbs the Paterberg after spending most of the day in the breakaway.

by CyclingTips


Taylor Phinney has announced that he’ll be returning to racing at the Tour of Utah this Monday.

The former world pursuit champion and two-time national time trial champion will make his return to racing at the seven-day stage race.

Phinney has been sidelined for 62 weeks since fracturing his left leg and injuring his left knee in a crash at the 2014 USA Cycling national road championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dr. Max Testa said: “Taylor has been working very hard to get to where he is now and believes that he is ready to race. The team has no expectations of him. He will test his condition to see where his knee is and what kind of condition he has. From this race, he can gauge what the rest of the season may look like.”

Also returning to racing at the Tour of Utah is Peter Stetina, who has not raced since early April when he broke his right tibia and patella and five ribs in a crash near the finish of Stage 1 at Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Stetina has also been working extremely hard in his recovery, according to Dr. Testa.

“All of the doctors who have seen Peter cannot believe his determination,” he said. “He did not want to miss this opportunity to return to racing in the U.S. The team will not put any pressure on him, either. He will have to take the race one stage at a time and see how he feels.”

“Taylor has been working very hard to get to where he is now and believes that he is ready to race,” said BMC Racing Team physician Dr. Max Testa. “The team has no expectations of him. He will test his condition to see where his knee is and what kind of condition he has. From this race, he can gauge what the rest of the season may look like.”

The Tour of Utah begins a series of top-level races in North America. The USA Pro Challenge is two weeks later, and the Tour of Alberta shortly after. It all comes to a head in Richmond, Virginia, at the end of the September for the World Championships – the first time since 1986.

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