Taylor Phinney headlines Colorado Classic’s men’s rosters – The Denver Post


With a black eye and broken nose that he suffered two days earlier, Boulder’s Taylor Phinney was one of five Americans to finish the Tour de France on Sunday. He’s the only one of the five who will compete in the second Colorado Classic, Aug. 16-19 in Vail and Denver.

The race will announce its “initial” men’s rosters on Friday and Phinney will be one of the headliners, along with Adam Yates of Great Britain (named best young rider at the 2016 Tour de France) and Sergei Tvetcov of Romania, who was second overall in the inaugural Colorado Classic last year.

Phinney was injured on the final mountain descent of his second Tour de France last week when he hit a bump in the road on Stage 19, lost control, flew off the road and “took a tree to the face,” as he put it in a Tweet. Now racing for Team EF-Drapac, Phinney is a two-time world champion in individual pursuit and finished fourth in two races at the Rio Olympics. He finished 136th in Paris on Sunday.

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