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Lawson Craddock takes lead at 2013 Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux

The under-23 Team USA rider wins the second half of a two-stage day to take a narrow lead with one stage remaining

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Lawson Craddock (USA) won the second half of a double-stage day at the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux on Saturday and slipped into the leader’s jersey.

The 103km stage from Vieux-Condé to Mont de l’Enclus was the second race of the day.

Edward Theuns (VL Technics-Abutriek) replaced stage-one victor Jorne Carolus (Lotto Belisol) in the overall lead after winning Saturday’s morning stage, a 10km time trial in Bernissart, ahead of Rabobank teammates Dylan VanBaarle and Ruben Zepuntke.

Craddock finished 20th in the time trial, 22 seconds down on Theuns.

But when Craddock took the flowers in the afternoon road race ahead of Marco Benfatto (Continental Astana) and Justin VanHoecke (Wallonie-Bruxelles) — while Theuns finished 93rd, more than three minutes back — the American relieved him of the leader’s jersey.

Craddock now leads the race by a single second over Jeroen Lepla (Ventilair-Steria) with Fabio Silvestre (Leopard-Trek) third at three seconds.

The Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux ends Sunday with a 160km leg from Château de Beloeil to Tournai.