There is no timetable yet for a return to competition for Taylor Phinney, but BMC Racing officials say they’re optimistic about a full recovery.
Phinney was hoping to be making his Tour de France debut next week. Instead, he celebrated his 24th birthday Friday by riding the stationary bike for one hour in what’s an encouraging sign in his recovery from the double fracture of his lower left leg and an accompanying knee injury suffered in a crash at the USA Cycling professional road championships on May 26 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“At this time, there is no timetable for Phinney’s return to competition,” said BMC’s Dr. Max Testa in a team report. “The team’s medical staff wants to respect the biological time of healing and make sure he is recovered 100 percent. …
“His progress has been amazing. He has actually recovered at a very rapid rate and is ahead of the curve at this time.”
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, the team reported.
Phinney said he is pleased to be exceeding the medical team’s expectations.
“I feel pretty good,” Phinney said. “It is a long process, so I am trying to keep my mind activated. … It was only one hour [on the stationary bike], 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 maintaining mobility.”
Phinney also said he has appreciates the support from fans 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 have quite a few friends in Boulder who have come over and spent time with me, which has been nice.”
BMC Racing Team president and general manager Jim Ochowicz said he was pleased to see Phinney’s progress after visiting the U.S. national time trial champion this week.
“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.”