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Instead, he leaves Friday’s stage 19 with a broken nose after a big crash on the final day in the Pyrenees.
“I don’t really know,” the EF Education First-Drapac rider said after the finish in Laruns. “I just hit a bump and kind of got off balance at the wrong juncture and I ended up in the trees. Took a tree to the face, broke my nose.”
— Daniel Ostanek (@LVCKV) July 27, 2018
Trying to make the time cut, Phinney scrambled to get treatment from the race doctor.
“[I] tried to get the race doctor to straighten it out as fast as possible so I could keep riding,” he added.
“So I just pushed on.”
And so he did, managing to finish inside the time cut to carry on in the Tour. He crossed the line after 200.5 kilometers in last place with a huge, bloody bandage over his nose.
Phinney came across the line with blood down his face. Went off the road, hit a tree, broke his nose. All cut up. pic.twitter.com/Wjn6mkNqBS
— Caley Fretz (@CaleyFretz) July 27, 2018
Phinney said that he didn’t think he had suffered any significant injury beyond the broken nose.
“Mentally was feeling a little bit strange for a couple minutes, but I’ve had concussions before and I didn’t lose consciousness, and I was feeling better,” he said. “I was able to focus. I knew where I was. I knew my name. I knew the date.”
And that date is July 27, two days from the finish of the Tour de France in Paris, which hopefully for the American, will remain on his calendar.
His team tweeted that he’ll be examined by doctors as soon as possible following Friday’s stage.
#TDF2018: You may have seen a bloodied, bandaged @taylorphinney coming across the finish line with five minutes to spare in regards to the time cut. He crashed heavily and has a suspected broken nose. He'll head straight to the x-ray truck, and we'll update you when we know more.
— EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale (@Ride_Argyle) July 27, 2018
Andrew Hood contributed to this report from Laruns, France.