BALTIMORE, MAY 13 -- The Tour de Trump rambled on today, swooshing by the sun-splashed Inner Harbor on its way to the finish line on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Sunday. Davis Phinney, the happy-go-lucky American who won the Arlington circuit race Friday, defeated Belgium's Eric Vanderaerden in a photo finish to win again today during the Baltimore criterium, the ninth stage of the 10-day tour. Phinney won the 51-mile race in 1:42:35. That same time was assigned to most of the racers, following cycling tradition. Norway's Dag Otto Lauritzen finished 18th, but maintained his overall lead heading into the 24-mile time trial (a staggered race against the clock) Sunday. But his lead was cut by 20 seconds based on a time bonus system for the top three finishers. Phinney cut 30 seconds off his overall time by coming in first, Vanderaerden dropped 20 seconds and Rolf Aldag, a West German who finished third, subtracted 10 seconds from his total time. Thus, Vanderaerden now is 50 seconds behind the leader going into a race that should favor Vanderaerden more than Lauritzen. It's certainly possible for one cyclist to beat another by 50 seconds in a time trial, when a racer goes it alone on the course with no teammates to draft off of. "If I am so good like two days before {a time trial in Richmond}, I think I can take a minute off," Vanderaerden said. In that time trial, less than half as long as the Atlantic City race, Vanderaerden gained 39 seconds on Lauritzen. But Lauritzen, who has worn the leader's neon pink jersey since the race began, isn't ready to concede the race. "A longer time trial is better for me than a shorter one," he said. "I think I can keep it {the lead}." Phinney, Lauritzen's 7-Eleven teammate, is a masterful sprinter, but he showed today that his finishing act leaves something to be desired. As he charged home in the final 300 meters, he thought he was all alone and had the race won. As he sped toward the finish line, he sat upright and raised both arms into the air. Then he turned to look to his right. There was Vanderaerden, right beside him. "I've never thrown up my arms thinking I won and then looked over and thought I might have lost," a chagrined Phinney said. "That's the lamest thing to do . . . I didn't know he was there. I almost died." For several minutes, neither racer knew who won. Then the announcement came that Phinney, in fact, was the winner. Vanderaerden, who thought he won, later took a look at the photo that decided the race. "It was just two centimeters," Vanderaerden said. Phinney said he would look at the picture in about a week. Both men were talking aboard the Lady Baltimore, a boat that became the site of a floating news conference. There, developer Donald Trump, who gave $1 million and his name to this event, joined the racers to talk to members of the media. "I might become a cyclist," Trump said. "Look at their bodies." "Maybe you can buy my bike," said Vanderaerden. "Trade it for the yacht," Phinney said, motioning over his shoulder. Docked behind the Lady Baltimore was the Trump Princess, a sleek, white, four-decker owned by you-know-who. After the news conference, Trump took the cyclists on a tour de Princess. When they emerged from inside onto a deck, they waved to the masses below. "Hey, Don!" the crowd yelled. For Phinney, 29, of Boulder, Colo., the tour victory and subsequent victory tour were memorable reminders of just how far he has come since an accident 13 months ago shattered his face and threatened to end his career. During a road race in Belgium, Phinney crashed through a support vehicle's back window when the van suddenly slowed. He received 150 stitches and has bulging scars running across his cheek. "I have these cool-looking scars on my face," he said. "I get to tell people I got into it with a lion." Two weeks after the accident, he was back competing. After the news conference, Phinney said he was dedicating his victory to Kirk Simon, a 26-year-old Bethesda resident who was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a bicycle race accident 10 months ago in McLean. Simon became acquainted with Phinney through the racer's wife, Connie Carpenter, an Olympic gold medalist in 1984 who works with the disabled. Simon sat in his wheelchair with some autographed cycling caps in his lap, as well as a red rose from the bouquet Phinney won. "We were both in accidents," Simon said. "His damage is more appearance-wise than mine, that's all."