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US rider Vande Velde out of Tour de France

Updated: July 5, 2013, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBI, France -- Veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde withdrew from his last major race Friday after his second crash in three days at the Tour de France.

He tumbled early into the hilly trek of the seventh stage from Montpellier to Albi.

"It was a crash over a bridge. I was on top and underneath a lot of people," the 37-year-old Vande Velde said. "I have to get home and heal up. I'm pretty beat up."

The fact he can finally put his feet up after 15 years as a professional ...

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