ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — It was a rough start to the 2015 season for American Lawson Craddock, who crashed out of the Santos Tour Down Under on Friday.
The 22-year-old Texan ended up in a local hospital with broken bones after crashing heavily in the opening kilometers of Friday’s fourth stage.
According to Giant-Alpecin, Craddock suffered a fractured wrist, sternum, and rib. He was transported to a local hospital, and is expected to spend at least the night under the care of Australian doctors.
“Lawson has a lot of pain,” said Giant-Alpecin sport director Addy Engels in a team release. “The doctors are unable to say much about how long he has to stay in the hospital. The doctor told me that he has broken his wrist and sternum. Tomorrow morning, they will review the situation and be able to tell us more.”
Engels told VeloNews that Craddock punctured his front tire and then crashed off the side of the road after his wheel cratered into a pothole. Another rider confirmed that they saw Craddock somersaulting over his handlebars.
Speaking to VeloNews before the start of Wednesday’s stage, Craddock expressed optimism about the upcoming season. In 2014, he finished third overall, as best young rider, at the Amgen Tour of California.
“My big goal is to build on last season, become more consistent, and target one-week stage races,” Craddock said. “I’m really excited about this season.”
More details will be forthcoming, but it’s hardly the start that Craddock was hoping for, and proves yet again just how dangerous racing can be.