Bookwalter returns from February crash to race Circuit de la Sarthe

The BMC rider injured his knee, hip, and elbow in a hard fall during the Tour de Haut Var

Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), who’s been sidelined since a crash in February, returns to racing this week in France with the Circuit de la Sarthe starting Tuesday.

Bookwalter crashed in the final kilometer of the opening stage of the Tour de Haut Var on February 22, injuring his right knee, hip, and elbow.

“I hadn’t planned to have such a gap in racing this spring, but the time off has only enhanced my motivation and appreciation for the bike,” Bookwalter said in a team release. “I’ve had a couple of good weeks of training since my knee began feeling better, and I am excited to go back to Sarthe for my second appearance there.”

Bookwalter joins Peter Stetina and Tour Méditerranéen winner Steve Cummings in the four-day, five-stage race. The 6.8-kilometer time trial on stage 3 will prove decisive.