WENATCHEE — For most people, a tour of Italy would involve spectacular scenery, world-famous art and great local cuisine. But Tyler Farrar isn’t like most people. His Tour of Italy will be spent on a bicycle, trying to go faster than some of the top sprinters in the world.
FETHIYE, Turkey — Tyler Farrar finished 73rd in the fifth stage of the Tour of Turkey on Thursday, as Garmin-Cervélo teammate Tom Peterson vaulted into the overall leader’s jersey. Farrar finished with the bulk of the peloton, nearly 12 minutes behind stage winner Matteo Rabottini in a hilly run along the Aegean Sea.
PAMUKKALE, Turkey — Wenatchee native Tyler Farrar finished well off the pace Wednesday in Stage 4 of the Tour of Turkey on a day when wind and rain created bad conditions for riders. Farrar crossed the finish line nearly 47 minutes off the pace of stage winner Alessandro Petacchi, part of a group of 80 riders with the same finishing time.
MARMARIS, Turkey — Stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey did not play out the way Tyler Farrar and the other top sprinters in the field had hoped. Instead windy conditions, combined with a rolling course, led to a late breakaway. The Wenatchee cyclist finished with a group of nine other riders more than three minutes off the pace and was scored 127th for the day.
TURGUTREIS, Turkey — Tyler Farrar finished sixth in the second stage of the Tour of Turkey on Monday, following up on a second-place tally in Sunday’s opener. He is now in second place overall, six seconds back of Astana’s Valentin Iglinskiy, the surprise winner of Monday’s stage two.
ROUBAIX, France — Tyler Farrar finished 28th in the 104th running of the Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday. The Wenatchee native came in 4:46 behind winner and Garmin-Cervélo teammate Johan Van Summeren (6:07:28).
PARIS — Tyler Farrar avoided serious injury in his crash near the finish line at the Scheldeprijs classic race on Wednesday, and is expected to compete in the Paris-Roubaix classic race Sunday. Farrar suffered road rash and bruising, said Marya Pongrace, spokesperson for his team, Garmin-Cervélo.
SCHOTEN, Belgium — Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar crashed near the finish in today’s Grand Prix l’Escaut as rival Mark Cavendish of Britain broke free to claim his third career victory in the event. Cavendish, a 15-time stage winner on the Tour de France, was able to avoid trouble in the crash-marred finale to finish ahead of Russia’s Denis Galimzyanov and Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich.
MEERBEKE, Belgium — Wenatchee sprint specialist Tyler Farrar finished 13th in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, finishing 1:24 behind winner Nick Nuyens of Belgium and Saxo-Bank Sungard. It’s the second straight solid showing for the Garmin-Cervelo bicycle rider, who finished third at Ghent-Wevelgem last weekend.
CASTELRAIMONDO, Italy — Wenatchee sprint specialist Tyler Farrar fell to 114th place in the overall standings after Saturday and Sunday’s action at the Tirreno-Adriatico. Farrar finished 124th in Sunday’s fifth stage.
PERUGIA, Italy — Juan Jose Haedo nipped Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar for the victory in the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, but Farrar still holds the overall lead in the Italian stage race. Thor Hushovd, Farrar’s Garmin-Cervélo teammate, made a bid for the win himself in the final 500 meters, with Farrar hanging on his wheel. Hushovd, the defending world road race champion, widened his gap over Farrar 250 meters before the line.
INDICATORE, Italy — Tyler Farrar and new Garmin-Cervélo teammate Thor Hushovd are getting along just fine. Hushovd gave the Wenatchee sprint specialist a strong lead-out in Thursday’s second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, allowing Farrar to come out on top in a crowded field sprint at the end.
LAGOS, Portugal — John Degenkolb edged Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar in a photo finish to win the second stage of the Tour of Algarve cycling race on Thursday. Both riders finished with a time of 4:57:56, and race officials had to review a photo to determine a winner of the 186.5-kilometer stage.
ADELAIDE, Australia — Tyler Farrar finished 14th with a time of 1:53:47 in the sixth and final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under on Saturday. The Wenatchee native and sprint specialist moved up to 118th in the overall standings at 22:44 off the pace of winner and Garmin-Cervelo teammate Cameron Meyer.
MCLAREN VALE, Australia — Tyler Farrar was 105th in Friday’s fourth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, and was the last rider to cross the finish line in Saturday’s fifth stage. The fifth stage ended with two loops that included steep climbs, something that did not play to Farrar’s strengths.
STIRLING, Australia — Tyler Farrar was in the middle of the pack in Thursday’s third stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. The Wenatchee native was scored in 90th place, part of a cluster of 14 riders who finished 3 minutes, 11 seconds off the pace. That group also included fellow American Lance Armstrong.
MANNUM, Australia — Tyler Farrar got caught up in a crash and finished near the back of the pack in Wednesday’s stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. One rider reportedly hit a strip of gravel in the middle of the road and went down, sparking a large pile-up.