Report: Craddock, Phinney complete Tour time trial with injuries, Martinez top #PinkArgyle

    Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the Tour de France’s penultimate stage time trial on Saturday. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) came third on the stage and will ride into Paris with the yellow jersey on his shoulders.

    Dani Martinez was top #PinkArgyle in Espelette. The Colombian finished in 21st place 1’52 down on Dumoulin. As Martinez crossed the line, NBC Sports Gold commentator Matt Keenan noted that the 21-year-old has confirmed his potential as a future Grand Tour contender.

    “The Tour is the biggest race in the world, and the one I have dreamt of racing,” said Martinez. “I learned something every day. The departure of Rigo changed the Tour for all of us. I came here prepared physically and mentally to help Rigo at every kilometer. When he left, I dedicated myself to seeking my own opportunities. The feelings were good. The support from the team was great. I’m happy with the experience.”

    Lawson Craddock and Taylor Phinney sit further down the results sheet but each deserve a special shout-out.

    With the time trial behind, Craddock has now completed 3000+ kilometers with a fractured scapula, raised $150,000 and counting for Hurricane Harvey affected Alkek Velodrome and won the hearts of many as his story of resiliency and determination has spread across the globe.

    “I am completely overjoyed to cross the finish line,” Craddock said. “Today was the final test. I am excited to be in Paris tomorrow.”

    Taylor Phinney had a run-in with a tree on Friday and spent the evening before the time trial at the hospital, where he was diagnosed with several facial fractures. In consultation with team doctors, Phinney opted to start Saturday’s time trial.

    Hand slipped off the bar after hitting a bump and I got launched off the road on the descent before Col d’Aubisque yesterday. Took a tree to the face…multiple fractures to the nose and orbital bone. Finished solo within time limit. One TT and then we’re on to Paris. Still smiling … @ef

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    “I have some fractures in my face but the rest of my body is fine,” said Phinney. “All I had to do was survive, make time cut. The bulk of the race is behind us, so that felt manageable. I’m on my way to Paris. I’m excited to get there, roll onto the Champs, get this thing on the books.”

    The Tour de France will roll into Paris on Sunday with the ceremonial procession onto the Champs Elysees.

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