Injured Craddock passes $100,000 in donations at Tour de France

Over $100,000 has now been raised for the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation by Lawson Craddock as he rides the Tour de France injured.

USA's Lawson Craddock crosses the finish line, injured after falling in the last kilometers of the first stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Noirmoutier-en-l'ile and Fontenay-le Comte, western France.   -  AFP

Lawson Craddock passed $100,000 in donations for the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation as he continues to ride the Tour de France injured.

The EF Education First rider crashed on the opening stage of the race, fracturing his shoulder bone and cutting his face, but battled on to cross the finish line.

Craddock has since continued to race and vowed to donate $100 to the foundation for each completed stage, while also giving cycling fans the opportunity to chip in.

"I came into the race extremely motivated for a great month of racing," Craddock posted on the fundraising page.

"Unfortunately, this all went pear-shaped when I crashed during the first stage, fracturing my scapula and having a cut above my eye that needed stitches.

"I fought on for the next 50 miles to finish the stage before an x-ray revealed my injuries. Not being one to give in, I told myself that I wouldn't stop the race unless it was absolutely necessary."

He added: "I have truly been blown away by how many people have offered to donate as well. It has been overwhelming and extremely motivating to continue this race."

Craddock has set various revised targets as the total rises, with the latest mark, $102,100, passed after Tuesday's stage 10.

Funds will be directed towards the Alkek Velodrome, where the outdoor concrete velodrome has suffered due to the Texas heats and Hurricane Harvey.

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