published Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Pro cyclist Taylor Phinney has second surgery at Erlanger for broken leg

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    Taylor Phinney rounds a curve on his way to finishing first in his race in this file picture.
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The mother of injured pro cyclist Taylor Phinney posted on social media that he had undergone a second surgery Wednesday at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga to repair his left leg, which was broken Monday in an accident on Lookout Mountain during the USA Cycling national championship road race.

Phinney, one of America's top young cyclists and winner of the time trial national championship Saturday at the Volkswagen plant, fractured the tibia and fibula in his left leg and injured his left knee when he crashed and slid into a guardrail in a sharp left-hand turn during the race's first descent down Scenic Highway, according to BMC Racing press officer Sean Weide.

He had his initial surgery Monday night and and a second operation Wednesday, according to a Twitter post by Connie Carpenter-Phinney, herself a former women's national road race champion and Olympic gold medalist.

"Just got news via Erlanger medical team that @taylorphinney 2nd surgery going to plan," Carpenter-Phinney posted on Twitter. "Keep those good thoughts coming. Onward!"

Later Wednesday, Carpenter-Phiney tweeted, "Good news @taylorphinney is out of his scheduled second surgery. Docs are optimistic. Keep the good vibes flowing his way. @BMCProTeam #goT"

BMC Racing had not released an official update on Phinney's condition as of Wednesday evening.

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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