Brent Bookwalter withdraws from USA selection, Alexey Vermeulen steps in
Sep 16 2017 01:33 am CET

Brent Bookwalter withdraws from USA selection, Alexey Vermeulen steps in
Brent Bookwalter withdraws from USA selection, Alexey Vermeulen steps in
Photo of Brent Bookwalter © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) has withdrawn from the American selection that will face the World Championships road race. The rider is still suffering from the injuries he sustained during the Tour of Britain.

The American hit a parked car during the British race which caused a concussion. "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," said the rider through social media.

"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 will be replaced by Alexey Vermeulen (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the American squad. "After speaking with Brent and his medical team, we collectively decided it would be better for him to not race the UCI Road World Championships," confirmed Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of High Performance. "Brent is still suffering from post-concussion symptoms and it does not make sense to put him at risk."

Vermeulen was the first reserve for the American team. "The pride I feel every time I put on the USA kit is nearly indescribable and something I’ve never taken for granted," Bookwalter added. "I’m sad that I won’t be able to line up and represent America at Worlds but I know Alexey Vermeulen will be a great addition to the squad. This whole situation only makes me hungrier to get back into the Stars and Stripes."




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