Tour of California: Vande Velde most courageous in breakaway


ToCS3_VandeVelde_GW Today's Tour of California coverage taught Versus viewers about "The Catch" – that moment where the swarming peloton erases any gap that a brave breakaway has tried to establish. Clearly there are 10 professional cyclists – including Team Garmin's Christian Vande Velde – who need a refresher course. Christian joined some of the biggest names in the race from various teams in building a gap of more than 4 minutes as they defied the odds that dictate how and when a breakaway gets caught. And Christian's odds got even steeper when he needed a wheel change. As the rest of his breakaway disappeared down the road, Christian watched Team Garmin mechanic Daimean Shanks switch wheels with lightning speed and precision. In a matter of just a couple seconds, Christian had a new wheel and a little push from Daimo, and it wasn't long before Christian had rejoined the rest of the break. In the end, Christian's persistence paid off as he was honored as the most courageous in Stage 7 and donned that jersey on the podium. Christian finished in ninth place on the day, 7 seconds behind the stage winner, and teammate Dave Zabriskie held on to second place in the overall standings. Zabriskie, who used his stellar performance in Friday's time trial to move up a spot in the GC, trails the overall leader by just 36 seconds with one day of racing left in California. Keep checking the Team Garmin blog for updates throughout the weekend!

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