In today’s Daily News Digest: Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks; Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain; Vos in leader’s jersey after Lotto Belgium Tour stage 1 victory; Froome puts brave face on time loss; Contador goes close to swansong stage win; Bookwalter forced out of Tour of Britain after riders hit parked car; Chloe Hosking to appeal Road Worlds non-selection: “This is bigger than my personal ego”; Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident; Video: Another don’t try this at home moment with Vittorio Brumotti; Video: Star Wars-inspired cycling jerseys released; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, stage 16
Denifl wins at Vuelta, Gaviria best in Britain, Froome under pressure: Daily News Digest
A car parked after a blind left-hand turn inside the final 50 kilometres of Wednesday’s stage of the Tour of Britain ended the challenge of BMC Racing Team’s Brent Bookwalter, the most seriously hurt of many who came down in the crash.
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A lack of adequate warning saw the peloton round the corner at speed and a cluster of riders pile into the back of the car. Bookwalter suffered a concussion and other injuries and was forced to withdraw from the race. “I don’t remember the crash entirely which does make it a little scary,” he said. “I remember, at the last moment, hitting the car and then I was on the ground. I instinctively tried to get back up but my head was pounding, and I was feeling a bit fuzzy.”
BMC Racing Team Doctor Scott Major elaborated on what happened. “It looked like Brent hit the edge of the car coming out of the corner and then flew forward, and was lying near the passenger side door. He didn’t go into the windshield, but he did hit his head and has a mild to moderate concussion, which is the biggest concern. We will continue to monitor him now he is out of the hospital.
“He also has some small lacerations, including one on his shoulder which required stitches, as well as some road rash and a deep thigh contusion. He underwent X-rays at the hospital, and everything came back negative so there are no fractures. All his injuries appear superficial at the moment. In terms of his recovery, I think it will be good for him to back on the bike in the next four to six days to spin the legs.”
Tour of Britain organisers said that they were investigating the incident. The race has had problems with traffic in the past, and operates a rolling road closure rather than eliminating all vehicles on the route.