PARMA, Italy — Tyler Farrar finished seventh in the second stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, after his team faltered at the front of the field in the final few hundred meters.
Afterward, a frustrated Farrar turned his focus to the opportunities ahead.
“We hit the front when we wanted to, we just fell down a little bit in the last five or six hundred metres and the other teams just went over the top of us,” Farrar told Cyclingnews following the race. “I think it was just a bit of mistiming. It wasn’t the easiest day in the end as it was very warm and I think everybody was just lacking a bit of punch in the end. We were out there for six hours.
“I came here with the objective of winning a stage and this was one of the four opportunities. I didn’t get this one, but there are still three more, so hopefully I’ll get one of them.”
Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi held off Mark Cavendish by inches for the stage win Sunday, though Cavendish — whose HTC-Highroad team won Saturday’s Stage 1 time trial — took over the general classification lead.
Farrar’s lead-out riders managed to move to the front of the peloton in the closing stages of the race, but Petacchi and his Lampre-ISD teammates overtook them going around a sweeping right-hand turn with about 600 meters to go to the finish.
Prior to the start of the Giro, Farrar named four stages as near-definite sprints and his best chances for stage wins, including Sunday’s, which was also the longest of the tour.
The next stage on Farrar’s list is Saturday’s Stage 8.