BMC Racing Team riders Brent Bookwalter and Karsten Kroon are progressing well in their recoveries from broken collarbones sustained on successive weekends at the Volta a Catalunya and Tour of Flanders, respectively.
No Surgery For Kroon
After seeing a shoulder specialist Tuesday, it was decided Kroon will not undergo surgery on his left collarbone, broken in a crash with another rider Sunday in Belgium. The 2002 Tour de France stage winner already has a plate in that shoulder from a previous break. “We’ll take another X-ray in the next 7-10 days and based on that, we can let him train outside on smooth, flat roads,” BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said. “If everything goes well, it would be nice to have him back to full training in four weeks.” Kroon said: “The pressure I will put on the fracture with riding my bike is the good pressure since it is pressed together. Pain will be the limiting factor. It might be possible to start in Liége (April 24) but that will only be to show how tough I am and to help the team.”
Bookwalter Doing Well
BMC Racing Team Dr. Eric Heiden said surgery last Wednesday to repair Bookwalter’s broken left collarbone went well. Bookwalter crashed on rain-slickened roads on the final stage of the Spanish race March 26. Bookwalter said if all goes to plan, he may able to get out on his BMC in two weeks. “I’ve learned the importance of being patient with the recovery process and doing it right the first time,” he said. So I’ll be aiming to find that balance between giving my body the time it needs and nudging it along to be back to a good level as soon as possible. I can’t say enough about how amazingly supportive the team has been through all of this.”