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Christian Vande Velde

Christian Vande Velde has competed in almost every important cycling event from the World Cup to all three of the Grand Tours. Talented both on the road and the track, he rode for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track Team in Sydney and for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Road Team in Beijing.

Christian qualified for the Junior Track World Championships in 1994, which was also the automatic qualifier for the Pan American Games. From that point on, he rode for the U.S. National Team. In 1996, he was named USA Cycling Male Athlete of the Year and USCF Senior Male Athlete of the Year. He was the overall winner on the track in Individual Pursuit that year, and won three National Championships. All of his success resulted in a contract with the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. As a member of USPS, Christian rode on the Tour de France team that brought Lance Armstrong to victory in 1999 and 2001 and later finished just off the podium in fourth place in 2008 edition and eighth in the 2009 race. Additionally, Christian won the Tour of Luxembourg in 2006 and of the USA Pro Challenge in 2012.

Now retired, Vande Velde is an analyst for NBC cycling.