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Lawson Craddock's Amazing Last-Place Finish In The Tour De France

It was "incredibly emotional" to finish in Paris, the U.S. cyclist said. After fracturing his shoulder blade three weeks ago, he said, "I was raised tougher than that, raised in Texas."
Lawson Craddock is seen finishing the individual time trial on Saturday, assuring his ability to finish the Tour de France in Paris on the next day. Source: Benoit Tessier

A fractured shoulder blade, cobblestone roads, the Alps and Pyrenees: None was enough to stop U.S. cyclist Lawson Craddock from finishing the Tour de France on Sunday. Wearing number 13, he suffered a bad crash on the race's first day — and refused to quit.

"It's been an incredibly testing three weeks," Craddock said via his team's website. "I've pushed myself well beyond my limits. There were many times during the race that I wasn't sure

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