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Tour gallery: Christian Vande Velde

Richard Tyler
July 21, 2009, 21:20 BST,
July 26, 2009, 16:02 BST
Christian Vande Velde struggled on the final climb.

Christian Vande Velde struggled on the final climb.

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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.

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