Christian Vande Velde Interview

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02/2/2009| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Christian Vande Velde. Photo copyright Casey Gibson.
Christian Vande Velde. Photo copyright Casey Gibson.

Christian Vande Velde Interview

Dave Osborne talks with Christian Vande Velde about Christian's 2008 season, life on Team Garmin-Slipstream and the 2009 Tour de France.

Dave Osborne talks with Christian Vande Velde about Christian's 2008 season, life on Team Garmin-Slipstream and the 2009 Tour de France.

Dave Osborne:  Roadcycling.com wants to congratulate you on your 2008 season.  

Christian Vande Velde:  Thank you very much.

DO:  What are your feelings about your 2008 season?

CVV:  A bit of all sorts of feelings, but a lot of it was a surprise. Mostly surprise that I could do what I could do and almost an awakening of all that I can do and what I can do in the future.

DO:  So your success in 2008 is like a stepping stone for you by working as a confidence booster for you and allowing you to realize what potential you have? Maybe you’ve unlocked something you didn’t even know was there.

CVV:  08 has just really opened up my eyes from the get-go in California all the way through the Tour of Missouri. I put myself in the category where I was thinking - This is what I can do and maybe I can do a little bit more on a given day, but this is me as a rider and I’m not going to move from here for the rest of my career. I’m going to have a nice career, but not a great career.  I kind of put myself short and 08 opened my eyes to the fact I could do more than I previously believed.

DO:  Congratulations on winning the Tour of Missouri.  Can you give us a summary of the race?  How it developed and what it was like to do well in the US after a great tour in Europe.

CVV:  It was great to be in Missouri and we started really close to the hometown of [team sponsor] Garmin where they have their base and their factory.  We did a tour there.  For the race, I wanted to do a good race, but for the most part I was tired mentally from a long season. And at that point in time I just wanted to take a subservient role to one of my teammates and do what I could to get them in the driver’s seat to win the race. Do what I used to do all the time and be a really good domestique. That was my intention going into the race, but then I rode great on the time trial course and I really liked it.  I just gave it everything I had and from there on it would be just stupid to let it slip through my fingers.  [Team] Columbia did everything they could to take it back to their hands. They gave us an awesome fight.  Our team was amazing this year and matured tenfold just during that race alone.

DO:  It was a great battle and again congratulations from us here at Roadcycling.com.  What specifically surprised you about the 2008 Tour de France?  In general and why or how did it surprise you? When did the light bulb come on?

CVV:  Hautacam really surprised me on that. I knew

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