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Christian Vande Velde struggled on the final climb.
Photos of Vande Velde's journey in the top ten
Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Slipstream) has done well enough this season to make the start line.
His crash in the third stage at the Giro d'Italia should have seen him spend July at home. Instead, a miraculous recovery helped him line up with the Garmin-Slipstream in Monaco.
Unfortunately for the Illinois local, the Tour de France has a way of revealing any blips in preparation. A bad day on the road to Verbier makes it look unlikely that Vande Velde will repeat or improve on his fourth place from last year. Still, after two and a half weeks he's in 10th place.