Vande Velde abandons TDF
05 July 2013, 17:41
Albi - US rider Christian Vande Velde has abandoned the Tour de France, race officials said on Friday, after being caught up in a crash early in the seventh stage to Albi.
Vande Velde suffered several injuries in the crash-marred fifth stage to Marseille, after which he was widely expected to abandon.
The veteran 37-year-old battled through the pain to complete a hectic stage six to Montpellier on Thursday and had hoped to reach his favoured terrain of the mountains on Saturday, when the race heads into the Pyrenees.
But Vande Velde's hopes were dashed when he was among several riders to come down early on the 205 km stage to Albi.