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Bookwalter heads to Utah for collarbone surgery

Bookwalter at last year's USPRO Road Race Championships

After fracturing his left collarbone 15 kilometers into the final stage of last week’s Volta a Catalunya, BMC Racing’s Brent Bookwalter is on his way home for treatment.

Bookwalter is scheduled to fly from Belgium to Salt Lake City Tuesday for surgery the following day. BMC Racing team doctor, Dr. Eric Heiden will perform the procedure.

“Eric Heiden is one of our team doctors and an excellent orthopedic surgeon who has huge experience piecing athletes back together,” Bookwalter told VeloNews. “Working with a doctor like Eric who himself was an athlete is a huge benefit and I’m really appreciative to have his help. It makes sense to travel a bit extra to see him because we know it will be done right the first time which will give me the best chance to return to competition as soon as possible.”

After surgery, Bookwalter said he will travel home to Georgia for recovery, where he said he would “make the most of my time at home with my fiancé Jamie.”

Bookwalter’s next objectives include the Amgen Tour of California and U.S. Professional National Championships in May.

“Injuries like this are of course a huge drag but I’ve also learned that there can be positive aspects to take from the time spent recovering, resting and reflecting,” he said. “I’m going to try my best to keep this in mind as I go through the process and am looking forward to being back soon.”

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