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Lawson Craddock raises $238,000 for local velodrome with Tour de France ride

A fractured scapula did not stop the young Texan battling throughout the Tour de France

Lawson Craddock (EF-Drapac) set up a Go Fund Me appeal in the wake of his Tour de France Stage 1 crash to raise money for the Alkek Velodrome in Houston, eventually raising $238,000 by Paris.

The velodrome is where Craddock started his cycling journey as a child and the American is keen to use his adversity to benefit grassroots cycling in his home city.

Following an opening stage crash that left the Texan bloodied and with a fractured scapula, Craddock committed to donating $100 to the appeal for every stage that he finishes and has encouraged others to join him. That ended up totalling $2,100.

By the end of Stage 21, the appeal had raised a staggering $238,000, more than 10 times the original target of $21,000 and is continuing to rise despite the EF-Drapac climber finishing the race.

The support of the public is staggering for Craddock who described the donations as ‘mind blowing’.

Craddock’s second participation in the Tour de France started with a frustrating crash in the feed zone of the opening stage.

The Texan was in visible discomfort and a cut above his eye left blood pouring down the side of his face as he limped to the finish line seven minutes behind the peloton.

The race doctor treated his wounds and he rode largely one handed, his shoulder too sore to grip the bars.

A post stage x-ray confirmed a fractured ccapula and Craddock’s ambitions for the opening week soon became about survival.

Craddock's fight to the finish actually saw him become a record-breaker. The Texan became the first rider to take the Tour's 'Lanterne Rouge' last place from Stage 1 to Stage 21, eventually finishing 4:34:19 behind overall winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).

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