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by Mark Zalewski
April 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Pais Vasco stage win; Boels-Dolmans wins Healthy Ageing Tour TTT; Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; In memoriam: Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Steve Tilford; Phinney out of Paris-Roubaix with concussion; Mark Renshaw fractures ankle in Scheldeprijs; Groenewegen laments Scheldeprijs outcome; More bad luck for Lotto Soudal with Roubaix recon crash; Lefevere still searching for sponsors beyond 2017; Axeon Hagens Berman riding strong performance in European racing; Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal; Cyclist uses M65 highway as shortcut; Watch ‘A Sunday In Hell’; Trek Crockett: SSCXWC and Sven Nys.
Cannondale-Drapac has lost another in the lead up to Paris-Roubaix. American Taylor Phinney will not start due to a concussion sustained in a fall during the Tour of Flanders. He joins Classics leader Sep Vanmarcke on the injured list. Paddy Bevin and Wouter Wippert will replace the two, and Dylan van Baarle will likely be the leader after an impressive ride at Flanders.
“Until yesterday, I was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to ride Roubaix this weekend,” Phinney said. “I’d been feeling OK at the dinner table and hanging out. But then yesterday was my first ride outside. I started riding at got a little bit of a headache. Then it went away and I thought, ‘ok, I’ll be fine.’ But then it came back and I started experiencing some emotional ups and down that reminded me of the last concussion I had.”
Head injuries have been an increasing point of focus in the sport.
“With even the mildest of concussions, we sit the rider six days,” said team manager Jonathan Vaughters. “The rider may be able to train some in that period, but racing is out of the question. We evaluate the rider daily, and after six days he must take a cognitive test to make sure the effects of the concussion have subsided. At that point, they may or may not be able to resume competition.”
“I’m frustrated. I’ve been nursing myself this whole classics season to get into these races and be with the guys,” Phinney said. “But this just happens. This happened my first season as a pro, but then I ended up having a pretty nice second part of the season. On the positive end, I’m more motivated. I feel more motivated than I have in a long time to put in effort for the summer. I look forward to the Tour of California and the first stage of the Tour de France. These things excite me.”