CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CBS4/AP) – Taylor Phinney’s hopes to ride in the Tour de France have been dashed and competing in the USA Pro Challenge is in doubt after a serious crash at the US Cycling championships.
Eric Marcotte held off teammate Travis McCabe to become the surprise men’s champion. Alex Howes finished third in a race that was marked by a serious crash involving time trial champion Taylor Phinney, from Boulder, who was transported to a hospital with a fractured bone in his left leg.
After winning Friday’s time trial, Phinney crashed hard during the first descent of Lookout Mountain. He lay under a guard rail beside the road while medical staff tended to him, and then was taken to a hospital, where he was undergoing surgery for two broken bones and a knee injury.
The race pressed on without him. Several riders tried to break away from the field, but everything bunched up one last time as they headed down the finish stretch.
Phinney will miss the Tour de France and likely also miss the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado in August.
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