Lawson Craddock spent 250+ kilometers up the road at Amstel Gold Race and survived repeated attacks and endless climbs to come home in ninth place as last man standing from the early escape. The result would be a source of #PinkArgyle pride regardless. Off the back of Craddock’s troubling 2017, it’s a huge accomplishment — and all of us at EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale are so proud of him.
“The break cooperated really well together, and I was surprised that the peloton let us get 15 minutes at one point,” said Craddock. “I knew that we could make it deep in to the finale at the point and just made sure to keep fueled. With 40 kilometers to go I started cramping badly but fought through to prepare for the last time up Cauberg. We had enough of a head start on the chase behind that when they caught us we only had the final lap with the two last climbs left. I knew that if I played my cards right I had a chance to stay with the favorites until the end. Unfortunately, I was distanced from them towards the top of Bemelerberg but had fought too hard for too long to let myself get caught by anyone else. After suffering through such a terrible 2017 I wasn’t going to let six kilometers get in the way of a result today. I’m just happy that I could finish today off for everyone that has stood loyally by my side.”