It was a tale of two fortunes for EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale on the opening stage of the Tour de France.
The high: Rigoberto Uran successfully navigated a crash-filled and chaotic finale to finish on the same time as stage winner Fernando Gaviria (QuickSteps-Floors) while several of the other general contenders lost time.
The low: Lawson Craddock crashed in the feed zone and sustained a broken scapula and a facial laceration that requires stitches. A decision about Craddock’s participation on stage two will be taken on Sunday morning.
Road captain Simon Clarke said: “It was great to get underway today obviously there’s a lot of hype and build-up before the Tour de France, so getting things underway is always a bit of a relief. It was generally a really nice stage today. Obviously it was super unfortunate for Lawson, having an incident in the feed zone, but it just highlights how even the most straightforward days can be dangerous and how hitting only one little thing on the road can turn things on it’s head.”