Bookwalter Earns Another Silver At Road Nationals
BMC Racing Team’s Brent Bookwalter added another silver medal to the one he earned in Saturday’s individual time trial when he was edged by Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Kenda) in Monday’s USA Cycling national road race championship.
‘Didn’t Quite Have Enough Road’
Bookwalter said he got gapped a bit with 500 meters to go when third-place finisher Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) dropped his chain near the front of the group of 17 riders that came to the finish together. “So I lost those guys a little bit there,” Bookwalter said. “I was telling myself to go into the sprint in front of Freddie because I knew it would be really hard to come around him. But to hold him off is something else. I got out of the last corner and started my sprint about the same time as him. I was coming up along side him, but didn’t quite have enough road.” Rodriguez won his fourth national road title while Bookwalter earned his first career podium finish in the national road race. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said it looked like Phillip Gaimon (Bissell Pro Cycling) was going to steal the win with a solo attack inside the last 20 kilometers of the 161.9-km race. “Gaimon had a good gap that was growing and a lot of guys were looking at each other,” Stewart said. “But Matthew Busche made a huge effort and brought it back. Brent knew he had to watch Freddie in the sprint and start his sprint before Freddie. He did everything he possibly could all day. He marked the moves that mattered and in the end he just came up a little bit short.”