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Davis Phinney is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. He was known as a fast sprinter, and claims to have won the most races in American history. In 1986, he became the first American to win a stage at the Tour de France
Tour de France
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The...

, while riding on the American-based team 7-Eleven Cycling Team
7-Eleven Cycling Team
The 7-Eleven Cycling Team, later the Motorola Cycling Team, was a professional cycling team founded in the U.S. in 1981 by Jim Ochowicz, a former U.S. Olympic cyclist...

. His racing career spanned two decades and included two stage victories in the Tour de France, a United States National Road Race Championships
United States National Road Race Championships
The United States National Professional Road Race Championships began in 1985. They are run by the governing body, USA Cycling. Until 2006 the race was open to all nationalities, the first American to finish being named the winner and given a distinctive jersey...

 title, and the 1984 Olympic
Olympic Games
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

 Bronze Medal in the Men's 100 km Team Time Trial, alongside Ron Kiefel
Ron Kiefel
Ronald Alexander Kiefel is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States. Kiefel is a seven-time Tour de France racer, Olympic bronze medalist and member of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame....

, Clarence Knickman
Clarence Knickman
Clarence Knickman is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States, who won the bronze medal in the Men's Team Road Race at the 1984 Summer Olympics...

, and Andrew Weaver
Andrew Weaver
Andrew Teisher Weaver is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States, who won the bronze medal in the Men's Team Road Race at the 1984 Summer Olympics. His winning teammates in Los Angeles, California were Ron Kiefel, Clarence Knickman, and Davis Phinney...

.

Since retiring from cycling, Davis has remained active as a cycling sports commentator, public speaker, journalist, and avid Nordic ski racer. He is married to champion cyclist Connie Carpenter-Phinney
Connie Carpenter-Phinney
Connie Carpenter Phinney is an American former racing cyclist and speed skater who won four medals in World Cycling Championship competitions in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also won the Gold medal in the cycling road race at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, as well as twelve U.S...

, with whom he has two children, Taylor
Taylor Phinney
Taylor Phinney is a world champion American racing cyclist, specialising on the track in individual pursuit. He is the son of former professional racing cyclist Davis Phinney and former Olympic gold medal racing cyclist and speed skater Connie Carpenter-Phinney...

 and Kelsey. On Thursday, August 9, 2007, Taylor became the Junior World Time Trial champion at the 2007 UCI Junior World Road and Track Championships held in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and on September 29, 2010, he became the 2010 UCI Under 23 World Time Trial champion.

Davis was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system...

 at the age of 40, and established the Davis Phinney Foundation in 2004, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Boulder, Colorado-based foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Parkinson's disease – today and in future.

The Davis Phinney Foundation aims to inspire and inform people living with Parkinson’s through:
  • Information on how to live well with PD through the Victory Summit and Every Victory Counts programs
  • Investment in research that can improve quality of life
  • Impacting the lives of people with PD through funding of exercise and speech programs
  • Encouragement of those impacted by the disease to celebrate the daily victories in their lives

Major results



1981
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic
    Coors Classic
    The Coors International Bicycle Classic was a stage race sponsored by the Coors Brewing Company. Coors was the race's second sponsor, the first, Celestial Seasonings, named the race after its premium tea Red Zinger, which began in 1975...


1982
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic

1983
  • 1st (Gold), Pan American Games
    Cycling at the 1983 Pan American Games
    This page shows the results of the Cycling Competition at the 1983 Pan American Games, held from August 14 to August 29, 1983 in Caracas, Venezuela. There were a total number of seven events, with only men competing...

     - Team time trial
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic

1984
  • 3rd (Bronze), Summer Olympics
    Cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics
    The cycling competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles consisted of three road cycling events and five track cycling events. For the first time, women's cycling events were included in the Olympic program, with a single event, the individual road race...

     - Team time trial
  • 5th, Summer Olympics
    Cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    These are the official results of the Men's Individual Road Race at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, held on Sunday July 29, 1984...

     - Individual road race
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic

1985
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic

1986
  • Tour de France
    1986 Tour de France
    The 1986 Tour de France was the 73rd Tour de France, taking place July 4 to July 27, 1986. The total race distance was 4094 km, distributed over 23 stages and a prologue. It was won by Greg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour...

    :
Winner stage 3
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic

1987
  • Tour de France
    1987 Tour de France
    The 1987 Tour de France was the 74th Tour de France, taking place from July 1 to July 26, 1987. It consisted of 25 stages over 4231 km, ridden at an average speed of 36.645 km/h...

    :
Winner stage 12
  • 1st, Points classification, Coors Classic

1988
  • 1st, Overall, Coors Classic
    Coors Classic
    The Coors International Bicycle Classic was a stage race sponsored by the Coors Brewing Company. Coors was the race's second sponsor, the first, Celestial Seasonings, named the race after its premium tea Red Zinger, which began in 1975...

  • 1st, Overall, Tour of the Americas (Points classification and 3 stage wins)
  • 2nd, Points classification
    Points classification
    The points classification is a secondary award category in road bicycle racing. Points are given for high finishes and, in some cases, for winning intermediate sprints. The points classification is the top prize for many cycling sprinters and therefore is often known as the Sprint Classification;...

    , Tour de France
    1988 Tour de France
    The 1988 Tour de France was the 75th Tour de France, taking place from July 4 to July 24, 1988. It consisted of 22 stages over 3281 km, ridden at an average speed of 38.909 km/h...

  • 105th, Overall, Tour de France
    1988 Tour de France
    The 1988 Tour de France was the 75th Tour de France, taking place from July 4 to July 24, 1988. It consisted of 22 stages over 3281 km, ridden at an average speed of 38.909 km/h...


1989
  • 2 stage wins, Tour de Trump
    Tour de Trump
    The Tour de Trump was a road bicycle race in the United States held in 1989 and 1990 and was sponsored by Donald Trump. The Tour DuPont replaced the Tour de Trump, from 1991 to 1996.- 1989 Tour de Trump :...


1990
  • 153rd, Overall, Tour de France
    1990 Tour de France
    The 1990 Tour de France was the 77th Tour de France, taking place June 30 to July 22, 1990. The total race distance was 21 stages over 3504 km, with riders averaging 38.62 km/h...


1991
  • 1st, USA National Road Race Championship
    USPRO National Championships
    USPRO National Championships is the name given by USA Cycling, the United States national governing body of cycling, for a series of national championships.*United States National Road Race Championships*United States National Criterium Championships...

  • 1st, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
    Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
    Fitchburg Longsjo Classic is an annual road bicycle racing stage race held in and around Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States. It is notably the second oldest cycling race in the United States....

  • 1st, Points classification, Tour du Pont (and 2 stage wins)

1993
  • 1st, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
    Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
    Fitchburg Longsjo Classic is an annual road bicycle racing stage race held in and around Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States. It is notably the second oldest cycling race in the United States....



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