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Vande Velde’s View: First you’re up and then….

Sorry about the last two days. It’s been hectic and I haven’t had a chance to write much. The first was the TT and that went pretty well for me and the team. My wife Leah and my dad were there, so I spent some time with them. Dad spent the day hanging out window yelling, as usual, behind me. By the end of the day, the team had three people in the top-15 overall including me! I had dinner with my wife and life was good. So the next day, yesterday, we were ready to do what was necessary to help Carlos in the mountains. I still don't know what happened at the bottom of the first climb,

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By Christian Vande Velde, CSC Professional Cycling Team

Sorry about the last two days. It’s been hectic and I haven’t had a chance to write much.

The first was the TT and that went pretty well for me and the team. My wife Leah and my dad were there, so I spent some time with them. Dad spent the day hanging out window yelling, as usual, behind me. By the end of the day, the team had three people in the top-15 overall including me! I had dinner with my wife and life was good.

So the next day, yesterday, we were ready to do what was necessary to help Carlos in the mountains. I still don’t know what happened at the bottom of the first climb, but – somehow – I found myself on the ground, with a big hematoma on my thigh.

The shit was hitting the fan in front of me and instead of being there to help Carlos up the last climb, I had visions of getting into the car and heading home. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Needless to say, I useless to the team but I did limp into the finish with the elephants of the grupetto.

It was a pretty depressing day for me, but you have to get back on the horse. I went to the hospital to make sure nothing was too bad and was reassured that nothing was torn or ruptured.

So I am driving to the start right now looking at the mountains of Andorra thinking of what lies ahead. Robin our physio helped me to 11 last night and then again this morning and now my leg is relatively better. I think that I will live to ride another day.

Who knows what the last week will hold? I could be home at the driving range and I could be in the first group like I was before. I am hoping for the latter.