Taylor Phinney (BMC) is recovering at home in Lucca, Italy, after a training crash that left him with a mild concussion, his team announced Friday.
BMC’s Dr. Max Testa said Phinney is doing fine and will be closely monitored over the next 48 hours.
Phinney said he collided with fellow American Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo) when the two crossed wheels while making a turn.
“We kind of got jumbled. It was a freak accident,” he said. “The next thing we knew, we found ourselves flipping over our bikes and onto the ground. All I remember was smacking my head pretty hard. I definitely have to thank the people at Bell because if hadn’t been wearing my helmet, I would have suffered a pretty bad injury.”
Phinney was able to ride home before undergoing a remote medical examination from Testa.
“We did some simple tests for balance and coordination over Skype, which he passed,” Testa said. “Now we’re just monitoring him closely. If he’s feeling OK on Saturday, we’ll see if he can spin on the trainer without developing a headache and then we’ll go from there. We will need some time to fully evaluate the extent of the crash and then we’ll make a decision on how to organize his training and racing.”