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.