• Beleaguered Lawson Craddock crosses the finish line of the 20th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France (Getty)Source: Getty
Lawson Craddock let the tears roll over the Stage 20 finish line, the reality of making it to Paris after enduring over 3000 kilometres with a broken scapula finally setting in.
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29 Jul 2018 - 9:14 AM  UPDATED 29 Jul 2018 - 9:52 AM

Meanwhile, team mate Taylor Phinney who crashed into a tree on Stage 19 will bus up to Paris as his injuries exclude him from from flying with everybody else. 

After bouncing off the tarmac on Stage 1 of the Tour, Craddock's continuing feat was not enough to earn this year's Most Combative Prize. That honour was awarded to Dan Martin who most will agree is also deserving. 

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But the Texan does still hold the honour of the Lanterne Rouge (last place). 

“I am completely overjoyed to cross the finish line,” Craddock said. “Today was the final test. I am excited to be in Paris tomorrow.”

The American's 31km time trial was six minutes and 34 seconds off Dumoulin's pace, not bad considering it's all about survival. 

 
Taylor Phinney Post Stage 20 interview
 
Compatriot and team mate Phinney is also aiming to just survive. He stopped the clock seven minutes and 43 seconds behind Dumoulin's time.  

"I can't breathe through my nose," Phinney joked. "I kind of sound like an alien. But more than anything i think my body was in a bit of a shock so it wasn't allowing me to push as hard as maybe I would've wanted to but this kind of course is a bit too hilly for someone of my size anyway. 

"Survival. Just been surviving."

"I'm actually not allowed to fly because I fractured this bone in my face. So i'm going to have to bus it up to Paris.

 

"But that'll be alright,' he said, ever the optimist. "The bulk of the pain is over now. i think those laps on the Champs are going to maybe a little harder than i want them to be but once I..hopefully i'm able to cross that finish line. i'm going to be very happy."

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