Davis Phinney

Davis Phinney Welsh (* July 10, 1959 in Boulder, Colorado ) is a former American professional cyclist. He is the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France.

Cycling career

In 1980, Davis Phinney third in the U.S. Championships in cross-country races. In 1984 he started in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In the team time trial, he won the bronze medal, with Roy Knickman, Ron Kiefel and Andy Weaver, in individual road race he finished fifth. 1985 Phinney was professional. Four times he competed in the Tour de France and won 1986 and 1987 each have a stage. In 1986, he won at the Redlands Bicycle Classics. In 1991 he was U.S. champion in the road race of the professionals. In 1988, he won the "Tour of the Americas " and twice, in 1991 and 1993, the race " Fitchburg Longsjo Classic".

Professional and family

After his retirement from cycling in Davis Phinney worked as a journalist and sports commentator. He is married to the former cyclist Connie Carpenter Phinney and father of two children. The son Taylor Phinney is also a successful cyclist.


Aged 40 years was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease Phinney. In 2004 he founded the " Davis Phinney Foundation " in support of Parkinson's patients.


2001 Davis Phinney was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.