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Brent Bookwalter hopes to be back on his BMC in a few weeks. ©BMC/Tim de Waele.
Brent Bookwalter hopes to be back on his BMC in a few weeks. ©BMC/Tim de Waele.

Volta a Catalunya, Stage 7: Good And Bad

27. March 2011

Pla de Palau, Spain

The BMC Racing Team was pleased with Cadel Evans' eighth place finish Sunday at the Volta a Catalunya, but disappointed to lose Brent Bookwalter to a broken left collarbone.

Good Training

Evans finished 50 seconds behind Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard), a result BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said was good considering the climbing and lack of a time trial. "It was good core training and to take WorldTour points," Lelangue said. "Now he'll recover and prepare for his next objectives, Flèche Wallonne and Amstel." Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) won the last stage.

High-Speed Crash
Bookwalter crashed on rain-slickened roads 15 kilometers into the 124 km stage. "Speeds were high, big groups were attacking and there were a lot of tired guys," Bookwalter said. "I'm not sure how long I'll be out, but it's never good." BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Bookwalter will undergo surgery in the coming days. "I'm looking forward to a fast recovery and getting back with the team," Bookwalter said.