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EF Education First-Drapac rider came out of incident unhurt – the car took a fair old whack, though

EF Education First-Drapac rider Lawson Craddock emerged unhurt from a spectacular crash during the closing stage of the Tour of the Basque Country yesterday.

Video captured by a spectator at the roadside showed the American rider hitting a parked car as the peloton came downhill and rounded a left-hand bend during the 164-kilometre stage from Eibar to Arrate.

Despite the force of the impact – Craddock subsequently posted a picture of the damage to the bonnet and windscreen of the car – the Texan rider was unhurt, and almost executed a perfect landing. He did, however, abandon the stage, and pinned the blame for the crash on a Euskadi rider.

Retweeting the footage of the crash, Craddock’s team mate Alex Howes said:

@lawsoncraddock put on a clinic yesterday @ehitzulia. Here he demonstrates nearly perfect form for hitting/getting hit by a car. He got a 9.6 from the judges. 10/10 if he'd stuck the landing. Don't worry, he's as fine as fine can be. The car... not so much. #TheTexasTwoStep

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.