EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale’s Lawson Craddock finished the first stage of the 2018 Tour de France with a fractured scapula and other injuries from a terrible crash during the stage. Events like this one highlight the grit – both mental and physical – required to be a professional cyclist.
You’ve seen it before on screen: an athlete with a wound, needing medical treatment. It happens in sport but for Lawson Craddock on the opening stage of this year’s Tour it was a little different to the standard ‘blood bin’ ruling that applies in many sports.
There was no chance for a moment on the sideline, a quick patch-up job, and back to the action. Nah, this is cycling. They do things differently on the road.
At the end of the stage, he’d be stitched up. The cut above the left eye wasn’t the worst of it, even if the blood trickling down his face added to the dramatic aesthetic. What was of a greater concern to the rider and his team was his shoulder.
Read the full account from SBS here.