Christian Vande Velde and the Garmin Sharp Barracuda Team Dominate the 2012 USA Pro Challenge
With a time of 17:35 and just 10 seconds behind the stage winner Taylor Phinney, Christian Vande Velde won the 2012 USA Pro Challenge. “I’ve finished as the bridesmaid so many times, I wasn’t going to let one slip away this time,” said Vande Velde.
Tyler Farrar, after winning the fifth stage, took home the green jersey and Tommy Danielson was awarded the jersey of the most aggressive rider.
If Tommy D had been asked what the key thing that allowed him to be able to survive the attacking peloton and stay in front for the solo win we are confident his answer would have been simple: the Podium bottle with its Jet Valve.
From Team Garmin Sharp Baracuda:
Simply put, CamelBak is the originator and world leader in hands-free hydration systems. Their roots are with mountain bikers and motocross, and then they quickly grew from there. CamelBak now makes products for almost any active sport you can think of, in addition to a major market with the armed forces. CamelBak is another of our sponsors with great concern for sustainable business practices and with that in mind only use plastics of the highest qualities.
CamelBak’s Podium Bottle is our go-to source of fluid on the road. On hot days, or cold, we take advantage of the Podium Chill bottles to keep our drinks the temperatures we start with. In time trials we have RaceBaks for easy, hands free hydration, and afterwards we always have a
BetterBottle Eddy bottle around for hydration off the bike.