March 15, 2004
Vande Velde: Where's your green card?
Former US Postal rider Christian Vande Velde sat out Paris-Nice after discovering he lacked appropriate documentation to work for a European team.
Vande Velde's status wasn't a problem last year, when he rode for a US team, but since joining Liberty Seguros, Vande Velde has learned of the documentation requirements.
"I'm in limbo right now," he said Monday. "I hope I'm not making a bigger deal about this than it is, but it makes me nervous. It might take a couple of weeks and I need to be racing as soon as possible. I can't afford to be sitting on the couch."
Vande Velde may have to return to the U.S. to apply for Spanish residency, since many countries don't allow conversion between types of visas.
"Hopefully that's not going to happen," he said. "We're meeting with some people on Wednesday and hopefully put me on a fast track. I'm going to be very, very, very upfront with them - I need to be racing my bike as soon as possible."
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