Vermeulen to Replace Bookwalter at 2017 Road Worlds


Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 15, 2017) – USA Cycling announced today that Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./Team LottoNL-Jumbo) will replace Brent Bookwalter (Asheville, N.C./BMC Racing Team) in the elite men’s road race at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, September 24, in Bergen, Norway.
"After speaking with Brent and his medical team, we collectively decided it would be better for him to not race the UCI Road World Championships," said Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of High Performance. "Brent is still suffering from post-concussion symptoms and it does not make sense to put him at risk.”

USA Cycling's selection committee had named Vermeulen as the first reserve.
“The pride I feel every time I put on the USA kit is nearly indescribable and something I’ve never taken for granted,” said Bookwalter. “I’m sad that I won’t be able to line up and represent America at Worlds but I know Alexey Vermeulen will be a great addition to the squad. This whole situation only makes me hungrier to get back into the Stars and Stripes.”
Elite Men’s Team
Nate Brown (Covington, Tenn./Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling)
Alex Howes (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling)
Keil Reijnen (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Trek-Segafredo)
Joey Rosskopf (Decatur, Ga./BMC Racing Team)
Tejay Van Garderen (Aspen, Colo./BMC Racing Team)
Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./Team LottoNL-Jumbo)

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