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Christian Vande Velde

Christian Vande Velde (born May 22, 1976 in Lemont, Illinois, U.S.) is an American professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for .[1] The son of United States Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee John Vande Velde, Christian became professional in 1998 for US Postal.

He twice rode on the Tour de France team that brought Lance Armstrong to victory, in 1999 and 2001. In the 1999 Tour de France Vande Velde was for a time the leader of the youth classification; he did not complete the 2001 Tour de France. Christian Vande Velde moved to Liberty Seguros in 2004 and switched to in 2005. During this time, he worked as a domestique, riding in support of varying team captains, even though the 2005 season saw Vande Velde taking chances of his own including a breakaway on 4th stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux, which was eventually hampered when the peloton was led on a false route, meaning the riders of the breakaway had to wait for the peloton to get back on track, at which time the gap between the break and the peloton was reduced from six to four minutes with 43 kilometres to go.

In the 2006 Tour de France, he was a domestique on Team CSC for team captains Carlos Sastre and Fr nk Schleck. Vande Velde was the best of the climbers in the team apart from Sastre and Schleck, whom he supported in the high mountain stages. On stage 16, he pulled for most of the early slopes of the Col de La Croix de Fer, after team-mates Sastre and Schleck attacked to put then race leader Floyd Landis under pressure. On stage 17 to Morzine, he again pulled for most of the day along with team-mate Jens Voigt and Matthias Kessler and Serhiy Honchar from T-Mobile.

With the team time trial win by in Stage 1 of the 2008 Giro d'Italia, Vande Velde became the first American to wear the Maglia rosa since Andy Hampsten in 1988.[2] Vande Velde finished the 2008 Tour de France in fourth place, 3'05" behind the winner Carlos Sastre and 17th in the Olympic road race in Beijing. In 2009 Vande Velde finished 8th in the overall standings for the Tour de France.

He and his wife Leah are the parents of Uma (3 years-old) and Madeline, born in February, 2009.[3]

Vande Velde crashed out of the 2010 Giro d'Italia on the third stage[4] with a suspected clavicle break. Coincidentally, in 2009 he was forced out of the Giro after a crash, also on stage 3.[5]

Vande Velde withdrew from the 2010 Tour de France upon completing the second stage on Monday, July 5, 2010, with two broken ribs. The injury was suffered in a crash caused by oil spilled from a fallen motorcycle that had been carrying a television camera operator filming on the Stockeu pass descent.[6]



Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Individual Pursuit UCI World Cup
3rd Overall Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
Best young rider classification
Best young riders jersey from Stages 2 7 Tour De France
4th Overall Three Days of De Panne
5th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 1 TTT Volta a Catalunya
Mountains classification Eneco Tour of Benelux
Overall Tour de Luxembourg
2nd Overall Tour of Elk Grove
3rd Stage 14 Tour de France
9th Overall Tour of California
1st Eindhoven Team Time Trial
2nd Overall Tour de Georgia
6th Overall Tour of California
Champion 2008 USA Cycling Professional Tour
1st Stage 1 TTT Giro d'Italia
Held Maglia rosa
from Stages 1 2
Overall Tour of Missouri
1st Stage 3 ITT
2nd Overall, Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 2b
3rd Overall Tour of California
4th Overall Tour de France
7th Overall Tour de Georgia
1st Stage 4 TTT
1st Stage 4 Paris Nice
8th Overall Tour de France
Most Aggressive Rider
Stage 7 Tour of California
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour de France
2nd Overall 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
4th Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Giro 114 52 WD WD
Tour 85 WD 56 24 25 5 8 WD 17
Vuelta 90 25 31 39 58

WD = withdrew


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