published Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Volkswagen to lend Phinney larger vehicle during recovery

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    A race spectator's camera caught the scene as, descending Lookout Mountain, Taylor Phinney crashes into the guardrail just after crossing the bridge over the Incline Railway.

As a major sponsor for USA Cycling and the title sponsor for the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga, Volkswagen of America has done a lot to help this country's best cyclists compete.

Now they're stepping up to help one of them recover to compete again.

Following BMC Racing cyclist Taylor Phinney's crash on Lookout Mountain during Monday's in the men's road race, Volkswagen of America will be loaning Phinney a larger vehicle for use as he recovers from a broken leg.

Scott Wilson, spokesman for Volkswagen in Chattanooga, said Friday afternoon the carmaker would provide Phinney with a VW Touareg SUV to use as he recovers. The larger Touareg will better accommodate him while his leg heals.

Volkswagen had also awarded the men's and women's road race winners, Eric Marcotte and Alison Powers, a one-year loan of a 2015 Volkswagen GTI.

about Jim Tanner...

Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...

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