Christian Vande Velde Abandons Tour de France

ALBI, France, July 05, 2013 (AFP) - US rider Christian Vande Velde has abandoned the Tour de France, race officials said on Friday, after being caught up in a crash early in the seventh stage to Albi. Vande Velde suffered several injuries in the crash-marred fifth stage to Marseille, after which he was widely expected to abandon. The veteran 37-year-old battled through the pain to … [Read more...]

Six Ex-Armstrong Teammates Suspended For Doping

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PARIS, Oct 11, 2012 (AFP) - Six former teammates of Lance Armstrong have been suspended for six months by the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA) after they all admitted doping. Five Americans - Levi Leipheimer, 38 (of the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team), Christian Vande Velde, 36, David Zabriskie, 33, and Tom Danielson, 34, (all of Garmin-Sharp), George Hincapie, 39, (BMC) - and one Canadian, … [Read more...]

Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie Admit Doping

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TOM DANIELSON STATEMENT I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a professional cyclist. It has always been my dream. Along the road to following my dream, I've had several ups and downs, but I stuck with it because I love the sport. I never set out thinking I would cross a line, I set out simply wanting to compete, to race my bike and do what I love. And that is exactly what I did, … [Read more...]

Christian Vande Velde 2012 USA Pro Challenge Champion

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BMC Racing Team Rider Taylor Phinney Proves Time Is on his Side by Winning the Individual Time Trial Denver (Aug. 26, 2012) – In a battle between the seasoned veterans and the newcomers, Stage 7 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge came down to a matter of seconds in the Individual Time Trial that saw veteran Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda take home the overall win. In the … [Read more...]

Fedrigo Wins Tour de France Stage 15, Wiggins Remains All Yellow

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PAU, France, July 16, 2012 (AFP) - French rider Pierrick Fedrigo gave the hosts their fourth win of the Tour de France when he beat American Christian Vande Velde to win the 158.5 km 15th stage between Samatan and Pau on Monday. Race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain and the main peloton came over the finish line nearly 12 minutes behind a five-man breakaway that had fought hard to form … [Read more...]

Vande Velde Looking For Smooth Ride In Switzerland

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Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland, June 12, 2011 - American Christian Vande Velde admits that aiming for stage victory on the Tour of Switzerland is not his priority, it's more about finishing the race in one piece. Vande Velde, who like much of the peloton is using the nine-stage race as a crucial top-up for the Tour de France, had one of his wishes come true … [Read more...]

Hesjedal Accepts Challenge For Top Five Finish

REIMS, France - Ryder Hesjedal is not quite ready to target the yellow jersey, but the big Canadian knows he has no choice but to step in and replace Christian Vande Velde at the Tour de France. Vande Velde, whom Hesjedal helped to a fifth place finish in 2008, crashed out of the race on stage two leaving Garmin-Transitions without their best rider to challenge for the race's coveted … [Read more...]

Garmin To Refocus Goals After Losing Yellow Jersey Man

ARENBERG PORTE DE HAINAUT, France - Garmin-Transitions have had a literally agonizing 24 hours, but they are determined to make their Tour de France campaign one to remember for all the right reasons. The American outfit came to the race hoping for Christian Vande Velde to aim for yet another top five finish, but Vande Velde is heading home to Spain on Tuesday after crashing twice and … [Read more...]

Garmin’s Vande Velde Out Of Tour With Broken Ribs

SPA, Belgium - US rider Christian Vande Velde has been forced out of this year's Tour de France after breaking two ribs and suffering eye injuries in the crash-marred second stage. Vande Velde was among three team riders, including American Tyler Farrar and New Zealand's Julian Dean, from the team who were taken to hospital for checks after dozens of competitors crashed on the slippery … [Read more...]

Garmin Trio Taken To Hospital, Total Of Five Crash

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SPA, Belgium - Tour de France hopeful Christian Vande Velde was among three riders from Garmin-Transitions taken to hospital for checks, team said after the crash-marred second stage of the Tour de France. Dozens of riders crashed on the slippery descents which featured in the latter half of the 201km ride from Brussels to Spa in the Belgian Ardennes. Lance Armstrong, reigning champion … [Read more...]