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Bookwalter, Kroon recovering from collarbone breaks

Following the news of Taylor Phinney missing his start at Paris-Roubaix this week, BMC Racing offered updates on two of its other injured riders. Brent Bookwalter and Karsten Kroon are each recovering from broken collarbones.

Bookwalter underwent surgery in Utah last Wednesday to repair his left collarbone. The American suffered the injury in a crash at the Volta a Catalunya on March 26. Bookwalter said he hoped to be on the bike in another 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.”

According to a BMC release, after consulting with a shoulder specialist on Tuesday Kroon will not require surgery on his left collarbone. The Dutchman suffered the fracture in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. Team doctor Max Testa said the team would evaluate what they’ve called a “clean break” in a week.

“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,” said Testa. “If everything goes well, it would be nice to have him back to full training in four weeks.”

Kroon would not rule out a start at Liége-Bastogne-Liége on April 24. “The pressure I will put on the fracture with riding my bike is the good pressure since it is pressed together,” he said. “Pain will be the limiting factor. It might be possible to start in Liége but that will only be to show how tough I am and to help the team.”