Cycling: USA’s Bookwalter skids over very early in quest for medal

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American cyclist Brent Bookwalter got off to a horrible start on the rain-slicked course of the men’s time trial.

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Bookwalter’s front tire failed to grip a turn just 200m into the race on Wednesday, tearing the shoulder of his jersey and the zipper as well. He hopped back on the bike about 90 seconds off the early pace.

There’s still plenty of time in the 40-plus minute race, as Bookwalter looks to equal the medal performance of women’s winner Kristin Armstrong.