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Houston Cyclist Turns Misfortune Into Good At Tour De France

Lawson Craddock is getting international attention after staying in the race and raising $100,000 for his former training facility in Houston

Houston native Lawson Craddock suffered cuts above his eye and a fractured shoulder blade after crashing in the first stage of the Tour de France.

Lawson Craddock crashed in the first stage of the Tour de France, leaving him with a bad cut above his eye and a fractured shoulder blade.

He is now dead last, but instead of giving up, the Houston native announced that for each stage he completes, he will donate $100 to go toward the Alkek Velodrome in west Houston, where he used to train. The facility was damaged during Harvey.

He also set up a GoFundMe page to raise matching donations and so far, people have given more than $105,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Craddock’s former youth cycling coach at the Velodrome, Carl Jones, said the money will be put to good use.

“The thing that we lost mostly was our storage, our storage containers were in about four or five feet of water for about three or four days,” he said. “We lost a lot of bicycles, we lost a lot of other equipment, support equipment that helps us run races and take care of the track.”

The Tour de France has 21 stages with a total of 2,082 miles. It ends on July 29 in Paris.

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