Double days. Double delight. We’re racing a dual program this week with squads in France for Paris-Nice and Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico.
The Paris-Nice squad is six days done with a mountainous weekend on tap. We lost Rigoberto Uran to a late race crash on Monday. He broke a collarbone in the fall and had surgery on Wednesday. Lawson Craddock was sidelined with a sprained shoulder on Friday, but he escaped without a bone break, and we anticipate he’ll be training again within a few days.
In happier Paris-Nice news, Dani Martinez debuted his Colombian time trial suit on the stage five time trial, coming across the line in fifth place. Tejay van Garderen went one better than him, posting the top EF Education First Pro Cycling time, to secure fourth place. Lawson Craddock and Tom Scully, seventh and eighth in the time trial, gave the team four riders in the top eight and team prize.
At Tirreno-Adriatico, the team put in a solid effort in the opening stage team time trial, securing the early fast time that was ultimately good for seventh place. Alberto Bettiol bounced back from his Strade Bianche disappointment to sprint to third place on stage two. The sprinters came to fore on stage three with Sacha Modolo flying the EF Education Flag in the final.