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Lawson Craddock wins men's US time trial title

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Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) at the start gate before riding to victory at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) at the start gate of the time trial at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) on his way to victory at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) on the road (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) on his way to victory at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) on his way to victory with a time of 41:33 (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Chad Haga (Team DSM) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Chad Haga (Team DSM) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Chad Haga (Team DSM) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Chad Haga (Team DSM) on his way to second (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Gage Hecht (Aevolo Cycling ) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Gage Hecht (Aevolo Cycling ) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Joey Rosskopf (Rally Cycling) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Joey Rosskopf (Rally Cycling) who finished just off the podium (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Ian Garrison (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Ian Garrison (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Will Barta (EF Education-Nippo) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Will Barta (EF Education-Nippo) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) in his final time trial (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) on his way to third (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling) launches toward sixth place (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Tyler Williams (L39ion of Los Angeles) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Tyler Williams (L39ion of Los Angeles) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon) at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon) (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Lawson Craddock

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) on the first step, with Chad Haga (Team DSM) second and Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) third (Image credit: Jackie Tyson)
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New national time trial champion Lawson Craddock at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021 time trial

New national time trial champion Lawson Craddock (Image credit: Patrick Daly)
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Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) after winning the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships 2021

Lawson Craddock: 'Being able to come here and win the time trial is truly special for me.' (Image credit: Patrick Daly)

Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo) won the time time trial at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships on Thursday in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Craddock finished the 34.9-kilometre course in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in a time of 41:33. In a replication of the last edition of the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships in 2019, Chad Haga (Team DSM) finished second. Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) completed the podium in third.

Haga was 17 seconds slower for the silver medal with a  time of 41:51, while van Garderen was another 29 seconds back for bronze in 42:03. Joey Rosskopf, who took back-to-back wins in 2017 and 2018, clocked a time of 42:09 to finish fourth. 

“Being able to come here and win the time trial is truly special for me, I’m excited,” Craddock said after the race.

“At the beginning of this year, I wanted to come back and give it a crack. When that spot opened up on my schedule this year, it’s been my focus for the last couple of months.”

A total of five WorldTour riders started the time trial and other than Rosskopf flying the orange colours of ProTeam Rally Cycling, the international-level riders took the top spots, including Will Barta (EF Education-Nippo) finishing fifth. The top two riders were the only two to crack the 42-minute mark, but being one of them was little comfort to Haga.

“I could not have gone faster today, it was the perfect race for me, it was just that one guy was faster,” said the second-placed Haga. “It’s bittersweet because he’s a friend, so I’m happy for him, but I didn’t come for second place. I’ll just have to try again.”

Van Garderen, who has announced that his retirement after 12 years in the pro peloton will come on Sunday, however, was pleased to be able to deliver a farewell from the podium in his final days of competition.

“It’s not very often I’ve come and raced the Nationals. It’s a huge honour, I wish I would have come and raced it more times in my career. The reception I’ve gotten from the crowd has been really moving. There’s no better way to end a career than in front of the fans who have supported me for the past 12 years. It feels great to be on the podium,” van Garderen said.

How it unfolded

The sun continued to shine in the afternoon after 22 women completed the opening time trial championship for the day at Melton Hill Reservoir in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A total of 46 men departed in five waves on the three technical laps covering 34.9 kilometres. 

Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon), who was the sixth rider to start, led the first two waves of riders with the best first intermediate split time of 14:13. In the third wave Drake Deuel (Team California) rode a lap at 14:20, but both were overtaken by WorldTour rider van Garderen, who led the way with 13:50. 

Van Garderen had the best time of riders in the first three waves by almost a full minute with his time of 42:03. Deuel was second at that point at 43:00 and Vogel was third at 43:04. Michael Garrison, younger brother of defending champion Ian Garrison (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was fourth with 43:06.

By the time the fifth and final waves of riders hit the course, Zach Gregg (Project Echelon) had gone through the second time check in 28:34, the third-best time to that point. When the pair crossed the finish line, Gregg was fifth-best with a time of 43:12 and Williams was sixth in 43:37. The final wave featured four WorldTour riders and two riders from ProTeam squad Rally Cycling. Matthew Riccitello (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Brendan Rhim (Evo Pro Racing) represented Continental teams.

From that group, Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling) put down the second best first intermediate time with 14:03, but then the sub-14 minute men, four of them, rolled through the line to contest van Garderen’s time – Craddock with the best split at 13:44, followed by Haga in 13:47, then after van Garderen’s standing 13:50 time it was Rosskopf at 13:52 and Will Barta (EF Education-Nippo) at 13:57.

Craddock stormed through the second time split 20 seconds faster than van Garderen, while Haga was just 14 seconds better than the early best time. Rosskopf had the fourth-best time, another three seconds behind van Garderen, and EF’s Will Barta fifth best, 12 seconds off a podium finish. Haga, who won an ITT stage at the 2019 Giro d'Italia, didn’t have enough left in the tank to overtake Craddock on the final lap, who will next race in the road race Sunday and then focus on the Olympic Games.

“The most special thing I have is what I have at home with my wife and two kids. They’re in Europe right now. That’s the number one priority for me, but making the Olympics was a big goal of mine well before my professional career started and I was able to realize that this year. Things are definitely starting to click for me this year,” added Craddock.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:41:33
2Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM 0:00:18
3Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:30
4Joey Rosskopf (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:36
5William Barta (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:00
6Magnus Sheffield (USA) Rally Cycling 0:01:02
7Drake Deuel (USA) 0:01:27
8Stephen Vogel (USA) 0:01:31
9Michael Garrison (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 0:01:33
10Zach Gregg (USA) 0:01:39
11Tyler Williams (USA) L39ion of Los Angeles 0:02:04
12Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo 0:02:29
13Mathew Riccitello (USA) 0:02:38
14Brock Mason (USA) 0:02:41
15Eric Brunner (USA) Aevolo 0:02:46
16Brennan Wertz (USA)
17George Simpson (USA) 0:02:50
18Miles Hubbard (USA) 0:02:55
19Richard Arnopol (USA) 0:02:57
20Jared Scott (USA)
21Jack Bardi (USA) 0:03:01
22Spencer Moavenzadeh (USA) 0:03:03
23William Cooper (USA) 0:03:04
24Tyrel Fuchs (USA) Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling 0:03:13
25Innokenty Zavyalov (USA) 0:03:18
26Cory Lockwood (USA) 0:03:32
27Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:33
28Matthew Zimmer (USA) 0:03:36
29Greg Daniel (USA) 0:03:46
30Hugo Scala Jr. (USA) 0:04:06
31Joshua Lipka (USA) 0:04:08
32Brendan Rhim (USA) Evopro Racing 0:04:34
33Colby Lange (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 0:04:37
34Sean Guydish (USA) 0:04:45
35Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo 0:04:48
36Jovanni Stefani (USA) 0:04:50
37Spencer Miller (USA) 0:04:52
38Tim Mcbirney (USA) 0:05:23
39Elias Lawson (USA) Yoeleo Test Team p/b 4mind 0:05:30
40Max Korus (USA) 0:05:31
41Caleb Classen (USA) 0:05:37
42Gabe Shipley (USA) Aevolo 0:08:36
43Matti Rowe (USA) 0:08:56
44Caleb Smith (USA) 0:09:12
45Andrew Scott (USA) Team Skyline 0:10:32
DNSTimothy Coffey (USA) Yoeleo Test Team p/b 4mind
Jackie Tyson

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling for people of all abilities and ages. Tyson has been recognized for communications excellence with 10 Phoenix Awards, presented by the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp - and was recognized by a national media outlet as the first female depicted in a pro baseball card set (Ft. Myers Royals). She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times. Her favorite road rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in  Provence (France). Her favorite mountain bike rides are in Park City, Utah (USA).

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