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Wins for Gaviria, Brandle and Cooper; Rumsas investigated over death: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 16, 2017

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Concussion forces Bookwalter out of world championships

by Shane Stokes

Although he was selected for the US team for next week’s world road race championships in Bergen, Norway, Brent Bookwalter has been forced to scratch his participation in the event. The BMC Racing Team rider announced the news on his Facebook page on Friday, saying that he was keeping the big picture in mind.

“Based on the advice from my medical team, I’ve had to make the pretty tough decision to not compete at the UCI World Championships in Norway later this month,” he stated. “In the long run, I know this is the right move for my health and my career. I suffered a concussion after crashing into a parked car at the Tour of Britain. The medical care that I’ve received since then has been top-notch, but my body simply hasn’t healed.

“This is the first time in my career where I’ve experienced a significant head injury, and I’ve been surprised (and frustrated) with how slowly I’m recovering. Not being able to race at Worlds and represent the United States is obviously a huge disappointment for me.”

Bookwalter crashed into the car on stage four of the Tour of Britain, nine days ago. It is not clear when he will be back in action.

At the time BMC Racing Team Doctor Scott Major said that he had ‘mild to moderate’ concussion, as well as lacerations and deep contusion to his thigh. He anticipated then that Bookwalter would likely be able to return to riding his bike in four to six days, but it appears that has not worked out. The rider said that he was looking forward to racing again when he is 100 percent healthy.

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