July 5, 2013

US rider Vande Velde out of Tour de France

The Associated Press

ALBI, France — Veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde has pulled out of the Tour de France after his second crash of the race.

Christian Vandevelde of the U.S. rides in the pack during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013.

AP Photo/Christophe Ena

His Garmin-Sharp team said the 37-year-old suffered "multiple contusions and abrasions" in a crash Friday on Stage 7 from Montpellier to Albi.

Vande Velde was riding with severe back pain and a blood clot in his neck muscle sustained in an earlier crash on Stage 5.

The team says the accumulation of injuries from two crashes in three days forced him out of the Tour.

It is the third time the American has failed to finish the Tour.

In 2001, Vande Velde crashed out during a wet team time trial stage and three years ago he had to abandon after falling in a mass pile-up on stage three.

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