Phinney loses Giro chance with motorcycle mishap

American follows lead motorcycle off-course in Milan time trial

Taylor Phinney was disappointed Sunday when he lost a chance at a second Giro d’Italia stage win in a bizarre mishap in Milan.

The race motorcycle ahead of Phinney in the stage 21 time trial missed a turn on the course and led the American off-course. Phinney was forced to turn around and return to the course.

Phinney finished in 34:38, fading to ninth with 80 riders finished. It is impossible to know how Phinney would have finished without the incident.

“I don’t think it’s worth trying to estimate how much time I lost. At the end of the day, shit happens and I’ve just got to move on,” Phinney told VeloNews. “It’s pretty disappointing. I was pretty angry at the finish.”

Phinney had hoped to register another win after he took out the Giro’s prologue in Denmark and wore the maglia rosa for three days. The 21-year-old American also hoped to register a ride that would help his candidacy for a discretionary selection to the U.S. Olympic squad for the time trial.

His coach, Neal Henderson, summed up the Giro finale on Twitter:

Sport mirrors life… and life isn’t always fair.

Phinney’s father, Davis, was less reflective:

Bummed and angry to hear @taylorphinney was taken off course by lead moto in the TT and had to turn around. WTF @giroditalia!?! Inexcusable