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Aug 26, 2012 6:21 PM by Zach Thaxton

Vande Velde wins USA Pro Cycling Challenge

DENVER (AP) - Christian Vande Velde won the overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, finishing second Sunday behind Taylor Phinney in the closing time trial.

Vande Velde, the 36-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider from Lemont, Ill., won the seven-stage race a year after finishing second to Levi Leipheimer. Tejay van Garderen of BMC and Bozeman, Mont., was second overall - 21 seconds back - after finishing third in the time trial. Leipheimer, the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider based in Santa Rosa, Calif., was ninth in the final stage and third overall - 24 seconds behind.

Phinney, the BMC rider from Boulder, Colo., who finished fourth in the time trial in the London Olympics, beat Vande Velde by 13 seconds, finishing the 9.5-mile downtown course in 17 minutes, 25 seconds and at average speed of 32.7 mph.

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