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Vande Velde to close out career at world TTT titles

Cycling News
September 22, 2013, 04:00,
September 22, 2013, 05:09
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, September 22, 2013
UCI Road World Championships
Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) on the way to his win at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) on the way to his win at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

  • Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) on the way to his win at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
  • Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) and race leader Rohan Dennis have a chat during today's stage.

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Joins strong Garmin Sharp team chasing gold

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin Sharp) will close out his career during Sunday's team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Florence, Italy. After saying goodbye to American fans at the recent US Pro Challenge, the 37-year-old will now ride the final 56.8km of his career whilst chasing a world title.

"It is an honour to have the World TTT Championships be my last race, and to have the opportunity to finish my career racing alongside some of my best friends," said Vande Velde. "It's been a privilege to call Garmin-Sharp my home, and to ride out my career with a team that feels like family."

Rohan Dennis, Andrew Talansky, David Zabriskie, David Millar and Tylar Farrar will join Vande Velde as he rolls down the start ramp for the final time.

"Team Garmin-Sharp is 100 percent focused on our work as a team, and for that reason the TTT is always a special and important event for us," said Garmin Sharp Director, Jonathan Vaughters.

"We have a strong team this year for the World TTT Championships with a mix of great young talent in Andrew and Rohan, combined with the deep experience of TTT experts Tyler, David M, Dave Z and Christian. It should be an exciting race," added Vaughters.

It's the mixture of youth and experience that David Millar recently told Cyclingnews would prove successful for Garmin on Sunday, and on the eve of the final race of his career, Vande Velde was similarly enthusiastic about the Garmin line-up.

"We go into Sunday with great mix of experience and youth, and we will do our absolute best ride possible."

reubenr More than 1 year ago
I don't think I ever saw Vande Velde complete a race. This one is short enough, though, and a drug free line up to boot. This is as good as we can do?
phathed More than 1 year ago
right, aside from winning the USA Pro Cycling Challenge last year.... the cyclingnews forums, where to go to sling insults and opinions without stopping to think first.
thechef More than 1 year ago
IMO what a horrible team, the best we can do? A lot of past doper/liar/cheaters there that without drugs would probably at best be assistant managers at an Applebee's. Instead they live in big houses with fat paychecks due to doping. Sorry for the troll statement but Vaughters needs to drop these fools they are embarrassing
Stalky More than 1 year ago
It's people like you who are the real embarrassment.
azureskies More than 1 year ago
I don't know the rest of the team, but Vandevelde deserved the same USADA treatment as Armstrong. Why he rode after the USADA inqusition can only be attributed to Tygart saying neener neener to Armstrong. Vandvelde was and is a no talent without the juice.
mwbyrd More than 1 year ago
I'm sure our 100% PERFECT...and I'm sure you are a super strong Cat 4 racer! Right? One heck of an armchair quarterback.
Stalky More than 1 year ago
Really, all you can do is talk about how he's a dirt bag doper... This article has nothing to do with that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I come to the conclusion that 90% of posters here and the clinic are losers that failed at cycling and now they send their frustation to anyone who has a little sucess
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Not really anon. It is just when I see vandevelde, andreue, julich other usps, riders advertising carnac shoes during the 90s, on my old copies of cyclesport, I just wonder what was going in the doping scene, and vandevelde tight lipped, until cut a deal, what was real, and what kind of deals were cut to smoke armstrong. In those adds everyone of them has been nailed for doping, your talking guys who rode for lance in the tour, how long did vandevelde and julich dope, exactly and when did they stop?
phathed More than 1 year ago
how long did every single rider in the professional peloton dope for? there's a reason they didn't reassign armstrong's victories to anyone else. there wasn't anyone left to give them to! let it go, the past is the past. surely you can come up with something better to do with your time than criticize other people.
azureskies More than 1 year ago
All I can say is Christian Vandevelde was not a unicorn, and I know American 6 day riders, such as Oscar Juener, RIP.