Taylor Phinney has some big decisions to make this year. His contract with BMC, where he has raced since 2011, expires after this season, and the 26-year-old American’s future remains up in the air as he continues his comeback from devastating leg injuries suffered during a crash in June of 2014.
The results that Phinney stacked up with relative ease before the crash are starting to appear again, but a full recovery of the strength, form and promise he showed before the crash are yet to be realised. More than two years after the crash, Phinney says his left leg still isn’t as strong as his right.
His recovery remains a work in progress and a 2017 contract hasn’t yet been secured, but Phinney says he’s pushed those issues aside for the moment as he rushes headlong toward the Olympic Games this August in Rio de Janeiro.
“There’s always discussions,” Phinney told Cyclingnews about a possible 2017 contract as he travelled across Belgium toward the start of Sunday’s Rund um Köln in Germany. “I kind of wanted to wait until after the Olympics because I’ve been pretty focused on the Olympics and I find contract negotiations get in the way of riding bikes.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much,” he admitted. “I’m just focused on trying to make the Olympic team. I’m hoping I’ve done enough to do that. I just sent in my discretionary nomination form. So that’s where my head is at right now.”
Phinney recently won the US time trial championship, repeating the 2014 win that came just days before his crash in the road race that sidelined him for 14 months. Previous to nationals, Phinney placed third in the Tour of California individual time trial in Folsom, coming in 20 seconds behind winner and teammate Rohan Dennis and three seconds behind fellow American Andrew Talansky (Cannondale Pro Cycling).
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