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Phinney hospitalised after concussion in Cascade Classic

Taylor Phinney (Trek/Livestrong) making up time on the downhill.

Taylor Phinney (Trek/Livestrong) making up time on the downhill. (Image credit: Jon Devich)

Reigning individual pursuit world champion Taylor Phinney was hospitalised at the St. Charles Medical Centre in Bend, Oregon with a severe concussion after crashing 100km into stage four of the BMC Cascade Cycling Classic.

"Talyor has a third degree concussion," said Trek-Livestrong directeur sportif, Axel Merckx. "He will stay overnight and will be re-evaluated in the morning."

Phinney was caught up in an accident after the front end of the peloton hit the brakes to avoid a parked truck on the side of the road during the Cascade Lake Road Race. Several riders went down in the accident however, Phinney bore the brunt of the injuries in the fall.

The talented youngster was using the six-day stage race as a preparation for the upcoming U23 national championships. "My main goal in racing here is to prepare for nationals where I want to try to qualify for world’s in the time trial," said Phinney before the start of the previous day’s time trial. "The time trial here should be good prep for nationals becuase it is a similar course."

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.