Currently racing the Tour of Guangxi in China, Lawson Craddock spoke with Zeb Woodpower for CyclingNews about his newly announced contract renewal with Slipstream Sports. Craddock, who has been on the attack and in the escape in China, demonstrates an optimistic outlook and motivated attitude for the upcoming season — his third in argyle.
Lawson Craddock will continue for a third year with Slipstream Sports following the announcement of a contract extension for the American. In a contract year, the 25-year-old’s season was compromised by overtraining for his spring ambitions.
After a promising 2016 with Cannondale in which Craddock placed ninth at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco and made his Tour de France debut, the 2017 season was largely a write-off. At the Tour of Guangxi, his last race for the season, Craddock explained the relief of securing his future with a team that was on the brink of collapse in August.
“It’s been a pretty rough year for me and it actually been a pretty stressful year for me,” Craddock told Cyclingnews. “I was searching for a contract, especially following the news of the team coming out a month or two ago and the uncertainty about their future. A few sleepless nights but I am pretty fortunate to stay in the WorldTour next year and come back.”
Craddock explained that he understands what he did wrong in 2017 and is looking at what lessons to learn rather than viewing the year just past as a ‘lost’ season of sorts.
“It is all stuff that I have known exactly what has gone wrong so it is definitely something I can take into next year and use this year as a learning experience. I am 100 per cent confident that in ten years from now I am going to look back on 2017 and maybe not laugh about it, but maybe even be thankful for it. Just because of the things I’ve learned and things I can take forward into the rest of my career.”