Taylor Phinney will continue after crash at Tour de l’Avenir, Dowsett takes the lead

Taylor Phinney crashes and loses nearly 20 minutes, and the race lead, at the Tour de l'Avenir. But with no broken bones, he hopes to start stage 3 on Wednesday.

Taylor Phinney crashed at the Tour de l’Avenir in France Tuesday, finishing nearly 20 minutes behind the stage 2 winner and losing the overall lead he had held since the race’s prologue Sunday.

Phinney was taken immediatly to a hospital after finishing. His mother, Connie Carpenter, said he was not seriously injured. “He is getting cleaned up, bad road rash but no breaks,” Carpenter said in an email to VeloNews. “Lots of crazy crashes on very narrow wet roads,” she added.

She said Phinney plans to continue the race if his pain level allows.

France’s Anthony Delaplace won the stage, surviving out of a long breakaway to drop his final companion in the last kilometer and come in just seconds ahead of the field sprint. Great Britain’s Alex Dowsett, who had been second since the prologue, finished in the lead pack and took over the leader’s jersey from Phinney.

“The end of the stage was really dangerous because of the rain that made the road very slippery,” said Dowsett, who races with Phinney on Trek-Livestrong but is racing for Great Britain at this event. “It’s a shame because it was a very nice course. It’s always nice to be in yellow (but) Taylor Phinney is a very good friend and it bothers me to take advantage of his fall.”

Complete results

Brief results:

  • 1. Anthony Delaplace, France A, in 3h 53′ 21″
  • 2. Jan Lindeman Bert, Pays-Bas, at :05
  • 3. Romain Hardy, France A, at 00:08
  • 4. John Degenkolb, Allemagne, at 00:08
  • 5. Da Mateos Rubio Vicente Garcia, Espagne, at 00:08
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  • 1. Alex Dowsett, Grande-Bretagne , in 7h 39′ 35″
  • 2. Michael Matthews, Australie , at :01li>
  • 3. Anthony Delaplace, France A, at 00:14
  • 4. John Degenkolb, Allemagne, at 00:15
  • 5. Nelson Oliveira, Portugal, at 00:21
  • Complete results