VAIL, CO - AUGUST 25: Christian Vande Velde of the USA riding for Team Garmin-Cervelo races to second place in the individual time trial during stage three of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 25, 2011 in Vail, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tour De France 2012: Christian Vande Velde Named To Team Garmin-Barracuda

Lemont native Christian Vande Velde will be a member of Team Garmin-Barracuda's Tour de France squad.

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Tour de France 2012, Prologue: Route, TV Coverage, Video And More

The Prologue, which is a short individual time trial that takes place in Liege, Belgium, kicks off the 2012 Tour de France on Saturday. The winner of the Prologue gets the honor of wearing the yellow jersey for the official opening of the race.

The Prologue spans a little over six kilometers, and the riders will not leave Liege. For maps and additional information on this time trial, visit the official Tour de France website.

You can find all of the individual start times at this link. Illinois native Christian Vande Velde -- a rider for Garmin-Sharp -- gets underway at 4:27 p.m. local time

Prologue Date & Time: Saturday, June 30, 7:00 a.m. MT

TV: NBC Sports Network

SB Nation Chicago is your source for 2012 Tour de France updates, and be sure to visit cycling blog Podium Cafe as well. You can also catch up on results and storylines from the 2012 Giro d'Italia here.

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2012 Tour de France Odds: Bradley Wiggins, Cadel Evans Among Race Favorites

The 2012 Tour de France gets underway on Saturday with Lamont, IL native Christian Vande Velde looking to make an impact for team Garmin-Sharp.

Related: 2012 Tour De France: Christian Vande Velde Reaching His Goals

Bradley Wiggins is the favorite to take the 99th running of the race, according to the latest odds from Bovada. Wiggins is followed closely by Cadel Evans.

Here is a look at some of the favorites heading into Saturday's start:

Bradley Wiggins 7/5
Cadel Evans 2/1
Vincenzo Nibali 20/1
Chris Froome 22/1
Denis Menchov 22/1
Jurgen Van Den Broeck 22/1
Ryder Hesjedal 22/1
Frank Schleck 28/1
Robert Gesink 28/1
Samuel Sanchez 33/1
Alejandro Valverde 40/1
Pierre Rolland 50/1
Tony Martin 50/1
Jani Brajkovic 66/1
Levi Leipheimer 66/1

SB Nation Chicago is your source for 2012 Tour De France updates, and be sure to visit cycling blog Podium Cafe as well. You can also catch up on results and storylines from the 2012 Giro d'Italia here.

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2012 Tour De France: Christian Vande Velde Reaching His Goals

With Christian Vande Velde named to the Garmin-Barracuda, it means the Lemont native is right in the position he wanted to be in at the beginning of the year. He's dug deep since fracturing bones in 2009 and 2010 to come back to the Tour as an elder statesman.

This is a quote from Vande Velde in January:

"I'd like to be in the top ten, top five again in the Tour de France," he told VeloNation, setting out his goals. "It is definitely a great parcours for myself this year, with the three time trails and not so many mountain top finishes. I'm really looking forward to it

"I have the same aim as I did last year...to arrive healthy at the Tour de France, and take it from there. I know that if I get through the Giro and rest up well, then I will definitely be in with a shout in the Tour."

SB Nation Chicago is your source for 2012 Tour De France updates, and be sure to visit cycling blog Podium Cafe as well.

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Tour De France 2012: Christian Vande Velde Named To Team Garmin-Barracuda

Lemont native Christian Vande Velde will be a member of Team Garmin-Barracuda's Tour de France squad.

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