Craddock: Missing the Tour de France was extremely disappointing
13 August 2019 12:00
Aside from Geraint Thomas' win and the usual slurry of crashes and abandons, one of the most compelling stories of the 2018 Tour de France was Lawson Craddock's battle to finish the three-week race after breaking his clavicle on the opening day. The 27-year-old American battled through the pain, using publicity from the effort to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the velodrome in Texas where he started racing. It was no wonder, then, that the EF Education First rider was intensely focused on returning to the French Grand Tour this year to have another crack. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. EF Education First passed over Craddock, taking a roster the team believed was best suited to support the GC ambitions of Rigoberto Uran and Tejay van Garderen.ADVERTISEMENT Craddock was obviously heartbroken. "Initially, it was very disappointing," he said Monday after finishing second in the Tour of Utah prologue time trial. "I put a lot into trying to make the Tour de France team this year, and I felt like I could have been a great addition. That’s not to say that they didn’t take a strong team, but it just goes to show you the true depth that we have at EF Education First."
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