CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, France — Six days remain in the Tour de France and Tyler Farrar is faring well. But like the rest of the weary field, the rider from Wenatchee knows the pending days in the Alps will likely be the race’s most difficult. The Tour de France is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Alps as part of the race, most notably the Col du Galiber and Alpe d’Huez, arguably the most famous mountain in race history.
For the third straight day in the Pyrenees, Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee rode toward the back of the pack while overall contenders and one-day wonders maneuvered at the front Saturday in the waning uphill miles with unheralded Jelle Vanendert of Belgium prevailing in stage 14 of the Tour de France.
LOURDES, France — Reigning world titlist Thor Hushovd of Norway, the former race leader, claimed a solo win in Stage 13 today while teammate Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee finished as expected near the back of the field for a second straight day at the Tour de France. Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo), who assumed the race lead with his squad’s team time trial win in Stage 2 and kept it for a week, completed the 94.7-mile ride — the race’s second stage the Pyrenees — from Pau to the Catholic pilgrimage city in ...
LUZ ARDIDEN, France — Much like the win on the Fourth of July for American Tyler Farrar, any Tour de France stage held on the country’s national holiday, especially a mountain stage, has a special emphasis for French riders. But for Farrar of Wenatchee it was a day to hang on, which he did, eventually placing 137th among 79 riders from the remaining field of 175 and finishing 33 minutes and 5 seconds behind today’s Stage 12 winner Sammy Sanchez.
CARMAUX, France — Tyler Farrar has studied the Tour de France course profiles, including the minute details of the final few hundred yards approaching finish lines. As such, with 11 stages of the race’s 98th edition remaining, Farrar believes he has three opportunities left to win stages.
SAINT-FLOUR, France — Every rider knows it, and every rider has experienced it. But even if they haven’t crashed hard and broken bones yet, they likely will. It’s the reason for the axiom that there are two kinds of cyclists: those who have fractured their clavicles and those who are about to.
SUPER-BESSE SANCY, France — Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar has two more stages, a few tough climbs and a rest day to regroup before another attempt at his second Tour de France stage win. With the first medium mountain stage facing the field, including four categorized climbs, Farrar was content Saturday to support teammates early in Stage 8 and then conserve while overall title contenders jockeyed at the front of the race in the waning miles.
CHATEAUROUX, France — The first week of the Tour de France concluded today on another crash-marred day with Mark Cavendish claiming the 135.1-mile Stage 7 from Le Mans. Cavendish, who also won Stage 6, completed the flattest stage of the 21-day race in another sprint finish in 5 hours, 38 minutes and 53 seconds for his 17th career Tour de France stage win.
LISIEUX, France — Tyler Farrar was absent for a second straight sprinters’ stage today in the rain-soaked sixth stage of the Tour de France — a day that provided a cycling oddity: one Norwegian winning the stage and another retaining the race lead. Farrar of Wenatchee finished 124th in the 226.5 kilometer (140.7 miles) Dinan to Lisieux stage, the longest of this year’s race, trailing first-time stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) by 2 minutes and 24 seconds.
CAP FREHEL, France — Tyler Farrar didn’t contend for the sprint finish today in Stage 5, the crash-marred second of a potential nine sprinters’ stages in the Tour de France and won by Mark Cavendish. Farrar, who on Monday claimed Stage 3 on the Fourth of July — the first Tour de France individual stage win for the ninth-year pro from Wenatchee — placed 97th in the same time as the winner.
How a cyclist celebrates a win as he crosses the finish line can be premeditated or a split-second decision. And on occasions in mass sprints when a photo finish determines the victor, there’s no time for showmanship. Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar has twice in the past three weeks — including his first career stage Monday in the Tour de France — showcased his finish-line homage for his deceased best friend, Wouter Weylandt.
MONT DES ALOUETTES, France — Philippe Gilbert of Belgium assumed the race lead with a solo win as the crash-marred 98th edition of the Tour de France began Saturday. Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar was making his first concerted effort for the “green jersey” or points competition for sprinters.
The teammates of Wouter Weylandt and his close friend and training partner Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee, who rides for Garmin-Cervelo, third from right, cross the finish line side by side and with their arms linked at the Tour of Italy cycling race in Livorno, Italy, on Tuesday, after completing a fourth stage honoring the Leopard-Trek cyclist who died in a high-speed crash the day before. The Leopard-Trek team will continue to ride in the race despite the death of Weylandt. Farrar, however, said Tuesday he is pulling out.