Monday 20 November 2017

Phinney retains Giro lead despite chain woe

Gerard Cromwell

Taylor Phinney (BMC) overcame a fall and a slipped chain with 8km to go on yesterday's opening road stage of the Giro d'Italia in Herning, Denmark to hold onto his pink jersey of race leader.

The 21-year-old American touched a wheel going into a corner and unshipped his chain, forcing him to stop for over a minute as the peloton sped towards a bunch-sprint finish.

But Phinney showed off the skills that earned him victory in the opening time-trial stage on Saturday as he stormed back up through the cavalcade alone before being helped to the front of the peloton by his team-mates.

World champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) avoided a nasty crash to go to take stage victory.

Phinney goes into today's third stage nine seconds clear of nearest rival Geraint Thomas of Sky.

Sean Kelly's An Post team had another good day in Belgium with Niko Eeckhout and Gediminas Bagdonas sealing a one-two in the 200km Omloop der Kempen.

At home, Eurocycles' Conor Murphy sprinted to victory in stage two of the Tour of Ulster.

Irish Independent

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