Christian Vande Velde Exits 2010 Tour de France

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07/5/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

Christian Vande Velde Exits 2010 Tour de France

A crash-marred Stage 2 of the 2010 Tour de France saw five Team Garmin-Transitions riders hit the tarmac.

SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 05: American cyclist Christian VandeVelde, 34, of team Garmin-Transitions is viewed after a crash along stage 2 of the Tour de France July 5, 2010 in Spa, Belgium. The 201km route with six categorised climbs travels from Brussels to the city of Spa. France's Sylvain Chavanel won the second stage, taking the overall leader's yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara. The iconic bicycle race will include a total of 20 stages and will cover 3,642km before concluding in Paris on July 25. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A crash-marred Stage 2 of the 2010 Tour de France saw five Team Garmin-Transitions riders hit the tarmac.

Christian Vande Velde, Tyler Farrar and Julian Dean were all taken to a local hospital where they were evaluated by team and hospital physicians.

Christian Vande Velde suffered a left eyelid laceration requiring multiple stitches, along with two broken ribs.

Tyler Farrar sprained his left elbow and suffered a significant hematoma and abrasion. He also fractured his left wrist and suffered multiple other contusions and abrasions.
Julian Dean suffered a large contusion on his left upper back. David Millar, who did not go to the hospital for x-rays, suffered a potential broken rib.

All nine Team Garmin-Transitions riders completed today's stage, demonstrating courage and commitment to their team, the sport, and the Tour de France.

Eight riders will take the start tomorrow, with the exception of team leader Christian Vande Velde. This season, Christian suffered a broken collarbone at the Giro d'Italia, three broken ribs at the Tour du Suisse, and today, suffered two additional broken ribs and multiple contusions. The extent of all of these injuries combined will prevent him from starting Stage 3.

Following are quotes from Garmin-Transitions team members and directors.

Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Director Sportif:

Clearly, this will mean a change in the general strategy for Team Garmin-Transitions.  We will focus on the multitude of talented riders we have on this team. We'll be looking for stage wins and ways to animate the race. I'm proud of the ride our team did today. Despite injury and conditions, they pushed through, and all nine finished the race. We've lost Christian, and we're all sad about that. He's had a tough season and has preserved and pushed himself like few other athletes could. Tomorrow is going to be painful for Tyler. He's got significant injuries, so starting alone is a huge step, and from there we'll have to see how he goes. But regardless, a good, strong team remains at this Tour and we'll be a part of the action throughout.

Christian Vande Velde:

I crashed once right before the Stockeu. Riders crashed in front of me and I wasn't able to avoid them, so I went down. We all knew it was important to be at the front over the climb and at that point, I felt ok and got back on and made it back to the front to get up Stockeu. Then another rider lost control in front of me and again, I couldn't avoid it. I crashed and landed in a ditch. I'm not sure what I hit; I think it might have been a pole. At that point my eye was bleeding pretty badly and the pain in my side and my back was excruciating. I got back on the bike though, and was coming back with Andy Schleck. I tried to stay with that group, but the pain was too much and I couldn't get out of the saddle to make it back on.
No one wants to leave the Tour de France. I worked really


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