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Can you say leader? Vande Velde finally breaking out of cycling shell

Updated: July 26, 2008, 9:04 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MONTLUCON, France -- On the second rest day of the Tour de France, Garmin-Chipotle team director Jonathan Vaughters emerged from a nap, sat down in the team hotel lobby and picked up a copy of L'Equipe, the French sports daily newspaper.

The front page photo showed the overall race contenders barreling around a switchback in the Alps, a flying wedge of power and experience and desire. Vaughters traced his finger along until he got to the far edge of the frame, then tapped the image of ...

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