Craddock crowned US time trial title champ
A gold and bronze medal for EF Education-NIPPO’s American riders
“It was such an exciting day. To be able to wear the stars and stripes jersey for the next year is an incredible opportunity.”
Lawson Craddock was crowned the new US Pro Time Trial Champion in Oak Ridge, Tennessee today.
Ten years prior, the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships saw a promising young rider win in its men’s three-kilometer event. Lawson Craddock, a National Development Program stand-out at the time, was the clear winner that day.
Craddock finds himself on a different team nowadays — but he’s still coming up with big results. The newly-appointed Olympic team member won his second time trial national title, exactly one decade since his very first. The Houston native finished the 34.9-kilometer course with an impressive time of 41:33.
“I’m very grateful. The year hasn’t gone as planned for me after a difficult start. But things are now starting to click,” said Craddock.
It was also a special day for Tejay Van Garderen whose efforts landed him in third place. The American rider recently announced that he will officially retire from the pro peloton this Sunday. The cycling legend was able to earn himself a well-deserved podium finish in his final days of racing and clocked in a time just 30 seconds behind his teammate’s Craddock’s final result.
“Chad and Tejay rode incredible time trials. I really had to work for it today,” said Craddock.
And guess who was in fifth just 30 seconds shy of our bronze medalist’s time? Our very own Will Barta.
Congrats to our American riders on their successful day in Tennessee. Next stop for the American crew? The Road National Championships on June 20th.
“I’m excited to send Tejay off in style this Sunday,” said Craddock. And we’re looking forward to it, champ.