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Christian Vande Velde wins crown

Updated: August 26, 2012, 9:13 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- 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.

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