“A day like today is not just about showing up with your bike on the startline and going as hard as you can for 45 minutes,” says Lawson Craddock.
It takes a lot more than that, from working hard as a team to get the aerodynamics right, to dialing the time trial position, to working with the mechanics, sport directors and soigneurs, there’s a hefty amount of prep-work that goes into this type of racing.
As the race unfolded over four hours, Lawson Craddock sat in third position, until the penultimate man off the ramp, Primož Roglič, stormed round the course and took the stage win by one minute 52 seconds. Which knocked Craddock off the podium and into fourth place, but it’s still an effort to be proud of.
“Overall I’m definitely happy with the result, unless you win you always want a bit more out of yourself, and that was definitely the initial reaction once the final results came through. But when all said and done, fourth on a stage of a Grand Tour is definitely something to be proud of,” Craddock notes.
Not only did Craddock clinch a top ten, Dani Martínez also finished the day in tenth place.
“It was a really beautiful course, and in the end I just didn’t really have the legs, but anyway we’ll see what happens over the coming days and I hope to get better,” Martínez said post race. “It was a course that suited me pretty well, it wasn’t a flat course and was pretty technical, but in the end it just didn’t go quite to plan,” he recaps.