Brent Bookwalter breaks collarbone at 2011 Volta a Catalunya

Brent Bookwalter breaks a collarbone in Sunday’s finale at the Volta a Catalunya.

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) hit the deck in Sunday’s finale at the Volta a Catalunya in Spain and broke his left collarbone.

Bookwalter crashed on rain-slickened roads 15km into the 124km stage. BMC’s chief medical officer, Dr. Max Testa, said Bookwalter will undergo surgery in the coming days.

“Speeds were high, big groups were attacking and there were a lot of tired guys,” Bookwalter said. “I’m looking forward to a fast recovery and getting back with the team.”

Bookwalter’s crash and Taylor Phinney’s DNF overshadowed a solid ride by Cadel Evans, who finished eighth overall at 50 seconds behind winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard).

Sport director John Lelangue said it was a good performance considering the climbing and lack of a time trial during the weeklong Catalunya tour.

“It was good core training and to take WorldTour points,” Lelangue said. “Now he’ll recover and prepare for his next objectives, Flèche Wallonne and Amstel.”