US Pro Nationals: Lawson, Thomas claim time trial titles

First day of the US Pro Road National Championships sees Lawson Craddock defend his TT title and Leah Thomas make a bold return from spinal surgery

National Champion Lawson Craddock
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Day One of the U.S. Pro Road National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee, saw Lawson Craddock (Team BikeExchange Jayco) defend his time trial title while Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo) made a bold return to racing after spinal surgery.

With the temperatures ramping up in the South, the pro women’s field got off to a hard-hitting start mid-morning. Defending road race champion Lauren Stephens (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) initially turning in the fastest intermediate time (15:54.70) as the riders cruised through calm winds alongside the scenic Melton Hill Reservoir. 

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