'It's been three weeks of pain': Lanterne rouge Lawson Craddock celebrates being on verge of finishing 2018 Tour de France

The American will arrive in Paris on Sunday after fracturing his shoulder blade on stage one of the Tour de France

Lawson Craddock finishes the penultimate stage of the 2018 Tour de France (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lawson Craddock's (EF Education First-Drapac) "three weeks of pain" in the Tour de France ends on a high note with money for his charity and the unofficial lanterne rouge prize.

The American from Texas is set to finish last of 145 riders when the race ends in Paris on Sunday, some four hours, 30 minutes behind Geraint Thomas (Sky). It is a successful ride considering he crashed on day one and fractured the top of his shoulder blade.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.