Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 27, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Another Giro stage win for Etixx as Trentin snatches victory from Moser in Pinerolo; Theuns takes home win in Belgium Tour; Two years later, Taylor Phinney returns to US national TT championships a race favorite — and a changed man; Women’s US National Road Championships; Men’s US National Road Championships; Canyon Bicycles officially announces US expansion; Questionable past of Bahrain prince looking to fund WorldTour team; Riis wants to return to cycling ‘the right way’; Rally Cycling signs Sepp Kuss; Fabio Taborre given four-year ban for doping; US Olympic team training with smart glasses; An Post Rás stage 5 highlights; Incycle Leadout at the Giro

Two years later, Taylor Phinney returns to US national TT championships a race favorite — and a changed man

by Neal Rogers

Exactly two years ago, American Taylor Phinney was riding a high.

The BMC Racing rider had just won a stage at the Amgen Tour of California, soloing away from the field on a descent into Santa Barbara, crossing the finish line with a bow to the audience. He wasn’t just an athlete — he was a performer.

A week later, he followed it up with national time trial championship, the second in his young career. He would head into the road race as one of the favorites, with an eye on pulling off the weekend double.

On the morning of May 26, 2014, Phinney was a two-time Olympian, a handsome, charismatic 23-year-old man being paid well for racing his bicycle. He’d been a world champion. He’d worn the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia. He was six weeks away from his Tour de France debut, set to ride alongside his longtime friend and teammate, Tejay van Garderen.

And then, in the blink of an eye, on a fast descent early in the national road championship, everything changed. Phinney was on the ground, the result of a crash, at speed, into a guard rail. His leg was in pieces, a compound fracture too gruesome to face. Surgeries would follow. He would spend the next year rehabilitating from his injuries. He would watch the Tour de France on TV, from his home in Boulder, Colorado. He would never have the opportunity to wear his national champion’s skinsuit.

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