American Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) said he’s OK to race after crashing during a training ride Friday morning before the stage 1 team time trial at the Giro d’Italia in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Bookwalter and his teammates were just finishing the first lap of a training ride on the TTT course when he collided with an orange cone in the road. A teammate ahead of him blocked his view and by the time he saw the obstruction, it was too late.
“We had just finished our first lap and were riding back to the start to do our second lap,” Bookwalter said. “We were fortunately riding at slower speeds, assessing our first lap and the course and discussing it. The rider that was in front of me shielded my vision from an orange construction cone and I ran straight into it.”
Bookwalter said a combination of the slow speeds and the fact that he was wearing extra layers of clothes — photos of the crash posted on Twitter showed him donning long sleeves and leg warmers — kept him from getting seriously hurt.
“But the knee is a little sore,” Bookwalter said. “I think I’ll be OK to get out there and after it this afternoon.”
BMC’s squad of nine riders includes Bookwalter, Cadel Evans, Yannick Eijssen, Ben Hermans, Steve Morabito, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato, Samuel Sanchez, and Danilo Wyss. Friday’s TTT measures 21.7 kilometers.
Bookwalter is one of just two Americans in the race, the other being Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp).