Brent Bookwalter sustains mild injuries in Tour de Britain crash
Sep 06 2017 10:42 pm CET

Brent Bookwalter sustains mild injuries in Tour de Britain crash
Brent Bookwalter sustains mild injuries in Tour de Britain crash
Photo of Brent Bookwalter © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) was one of the riders involved in the crash caused by parked cars at the Tour of Britain and was forced to retire because of multiple injuries.

The American was the rider that suffered the most from the crash at the fourth stage of the British race. "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," said team doctor, Dr. Scott Major.

"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, and we will continue to monitor him now he is out of the hospital."

Despite the severity of the crash, the rider didn't suffer any serious injuries. "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," the doctor explained. "He underwent X-rays at the hospital, and everything came back negative so there are no fractures and 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, but he will definitely need a couple of days rest."

Bookwalter is grateful that he won't spend too much time off the bike, but disappointed about having to retire from the race. "I don't remember the crash entirely which does make it a little scary," he commented. "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.

"Since being taken to the hospital, I have slowly been getting back to myself, but I am definitely feeling sore. As disappointed as I am to crash out of the race, I can be thankful that I had a big round of X-rays and there are no fractures, and I won't have a prolonged period of recovery. I am definitely in some pain but thankful that it wasn't as bad as it maybe could have been."




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