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"His progress has been amazing. He has actually recovered at a very rapid rate and is ahead of the curve at this time," Testa says

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28.06.2014 @ 23:11 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Having broken his leg in the USA Pro Championships, Taylor Phinney has been forced to postpone his Tour de France debut for another year. However, the American is making rapid progress and is currently exceeding all medical predictions.


BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said he was pleased to see the progress made by Taylor Phinney after visiting the U.S. national time trial champion this week. Phinney is recovering from a double fracture of his left lower leg and injury to the same knee suffered in a crash at the USA Cycling professional road championships on May 26 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


After undergoing surgery in Chattanooga and initial rehabilitation in Park City, Utah, Phinney has returned to his home in Boulder where he is undergoing daily physical therapy.


"Taylor looks great," Ochowicz said. "I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with him and his dad, Davis, and catch up to discuss how Taylor's therapy is going and the plan for the months ahead. I was motivated to see the progress he has made and how positive his attitude is about recovery."

BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Phinney has exceeded the medical team's expectations so far.


"His progress has been amazing," Dr. Testa said. "He has actually recovered at a very rapid rate and is ahead of the curve at this time."


At this time, there is no timetable for Phinney's return to competition, Dr. Testa said.


"The team's medical staff want to respect the biological time of healing and make sure he is recovered 100 percent," he said.


Phinney had enjoyed a solid season before being sidelined. He won the Dubai Tour in February, soloed to a stage win at the Amgen Tour of California in May and earned his second U.S. national time trial title two days before the crash.

Phinney said he is pleased to be exceeding the medical team's expectations.


"I feel pretty good," he said. "It is a long process, so I am trying to keep my mind activated."


Phinney celebrated his 24th birthday Friday with an hour on a stationary bike.


"It was only one hour, so it was not like this big, long bike ride. But I am getting used to that. A lot of my physical therapy is about maintaing mobility."


Phinney said he has appreciated the support that has poured in from around the globe.


"I want to thank everyone who has wished me well," he said. "It has made the situation a lot more bearable. I also quite a few friends in Boulder who have come over and spent time with me, which has been nice."



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