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Brent Bookwalter (right) registered his first podium finish of the season. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)
Brent Bookwalter (right) registered his first podium finish of the season. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)

USAPCC Prologue: Bookwalter Third

23. August 2011

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Brent Bookwalter's third-place finish led four BMC Racing Team riders in the top 12 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge prologue Monday in Colorado.

Evans Finishes Ninth

Bookwalter, the 13th rider of 130 to start the 8.3 kilometer race against the clock, said he pushed a 56 x 11 on his BMC timemachine TM01 on the mostly downhill course. Only stage winner Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) and runner-up Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervélo) were faster. "The last kilometer had a little uphill kick to it," Bookwalter said. "I was paying big for my earlier efforts there. To be only a few seconds off Gretsch, I felt like I did a good time. I might have also gotten a little lucky with the wind than the later guys." In addition to Bookwalter's best result of the season, the BMC Racing Team also placed George Hincapie sixth, Cadel Evans was ninth and Jeff Louder was 12th. Evans said the course "wasn't exactly my thing" and that he felt OK in his first race since winning the Tour de France. "Give me a couple days and I might be able to go all right," Evans said. The adjustment to altitude is the biggest thing. I think the guys who rode Utah are at an advantage having been here another week."