Tour de France 2020

Phinney crashes on stage 19: ‘I took a tree to the face’

Taylor Phinney crashes in Pyrenees, crosses stage 19 finish last with bandage over broken nose.

Taylor Phinney should have two things to look forward to this weekend between the Tour de France’s final time trial and an opportunity to sprint on the Champs-Élysées.

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.”

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 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.

Andrew Hood contributed to this report from Laruns, France.