Reuters - Tue, 08 Jun 14:27:00 2010
Christian Vande Velde, who broke his collarbone during the Giro d'Italia last month, will be the Garmin-Transitions team leader on the Tour de France, the American outfit said on Tuesday.
"We have good news from Christian. Just like in 2009, Christian picked up an injury during the Giro but this year it was less serious," Garmin-Transitions sports director Johnny Weltz told Reuters before the Criterium of the Dauphine's second stage.
"He wants to finish in the top five and it seems logical to me. Last year he finished eighth and he was not as well as this year."
In 2009, Vande Velde finished eighth overall after working as a domestique for Bradley Wiggins, who left to join Team Sky during the close season.
The Tour de France starts in Rotterdam on July 3.
Dauphine Libere: Every day 2pm LIVE on British Eurosport 2 (Sky 411 / Virgin 525) & on the Eurosport Player.†
Tour of Switzerland: Starts Sunday 4pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) & on the Eurosport Player.†