The story of how Taylor Phinney learned about Rigoberto Uran’s stage win is oh-so-Taylor. As is this whole piece by Rouleur Magazine’s Andy McGrath. Our favorite bit is below and the link for the full story follows.
When a rider takes a Tour stage win, his team-mates usually find out over race radio from their team manager. Occasionally, they might hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, or even be greeted by a smiling soigneur on the finish line, bearing the good news.
But there’s not much usual about Taylor Phinney. He’s tall, dry, uninhibited and more chilled out than a Buddhist monk in an igloo. True to form, he learned of Rigoberto Uran’s memorable stage 9 win in Chambéry from a peculiar source.
Near the top of the day’s middle hors catégorie climb, the Grand Colombier, Phinney jettisoned anything weighing him down. That included palming off his radio to the waiting team communication officer, Matt Beaudin.
He rode on in the gruppetto over the last climb, 35 minutes behind his Colombian capitano.
“As I went over the top of Mont du Chat – Cat Mountain – this old Frenchman somehow or other whispered into my ear… ‘Rigoberto won,’” Phinney says.
“And it wasn’t like I could turn around and ask him what was going on. I was also unsure whether I was conscious enough at that moment. You know: five hours into a stage with 4,500 metres of climbing, I was a little bit confused as to whether I might be hallucinating.
“But I just took it as a little sign from an old Frenchman. And sure enough, when I got to the finish line, he was right. That [victory] was huge for us as a team.”