By every account, today was a small victory for EF Education First – Drapac p/b at the Tour de France. Rigoberto Uran jumped up nine spots on the general classification off the back of one of our best team time trials in the last five years. The Colombian remains ahead of most pre-race favorites for the general classification with losses limited in today’s collective effort and time gained on stage one.
Equally inspiring, Lawson Craddock, with a banged up face and a broken scapula, played a key role in today’s performance.
“Our big picture plan coming into this race, pre-Tour de France was to limit the damage. Try to lose as little time as possible,” said road captain Simon Clarke. “That we’ve gotten through the TTT and Rigo is tenth on GC and we’re still ahead of 90 percent of the pre-race GC favorites, that’s huge. That’s very special. We really need to appreciate what we were able to achieve and really try to carry on with that throughout the first week of racing, before we deliver Rigo into the mountains and let him do this thing.”