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by Mark Zalewski
July 13, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead; Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener; After failed appeal, Australian women’s road cycling team for Rio finalised; Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling; Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; BMC’s Bookwalter ‘relieved’ to reach first rest day of Tour de France; U.S. Government calls Lance Armstrong ‘a doper, dealer, and liar’ in court motion; A look inside Team Sky’s budget; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 6-9; Tour de France, stage 10 recap; Tour de France 2016: Batteries recharged; 11 bottles for Adam Hansen in less than 30 seconds. A new world record?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 2; Mini-team Sky on recovery
BMC Racing’s Brent Bookwalter entered the Tour de France on a high. He finished third overall at the Amgen Tour of California in May, and was selected to the U.S. men’s road team for the Olympic games alongside teammate Taylor Phinney, who is not riding the Tour, a week prior to the start of the Grande Boucle.
After nine days of racing, Bookwalter was licking his wounds, relieved to reach the first rest day, after experiencing the most painful aspect of cycling right from the start.
The 32-year-old American was involved in a high-speed crash on Stage 1, along with GC contender Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), who abandoned the race on Sunday. Bookwalter went from the high of being selected to represent his country at the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet, to battered, bruised, and covered in road rash.
“I‘m definitely feeling better and somewhat relieved to have gotten through the first week, especially the past couple of days,” Bookwalter said at his team hotel in Andorra on the Tour’s first rest day. “Seeing other guys like Alberto Contador and Michael Morkov (Katusha) – riders who went down hard on Stage 1 and had to leave the race – it is definitely somewhat of a relief for me to reach the first rest day nine stages in.
“These first nine stages that I have done in every [Grand Tour] are always super demanding and it is a long week – especially being a nine-day first week as opposed to a seven-day week. It is a big physical load, even at 100 percent, and I was a little comprised right from the beginning. So I am proud of how I pulled through and proud of the team around me for the guys being able to pick up a little bit of slack that I left for them at times. But I am also still proud to be able to contribute myself, even if I was not at 100 percent.”
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