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PARIS — Less than 30 minutes after the finish of the final stage of the Tour de France, Tyler Farrar emerged beer in hand from Garmin-Cervelo team bus parked on the Champs Elysees. He kissed his girlfriend, finished his beer and then looked for his bike. The Wenatchee rider wasn’t able to find his way to the front and finished fourth in the 21st and concluding stage. He again lost to Mark Cavendish, the British rider who claimed his fifth stage of the race’s 98th edition and the 20th stage of his Tour de France career.
Tyler Farrar was foiled again by cycling's ever-advancing speedster Mark Cavendish with the Wenathee rider finishing fourth Sunday in the 21st and final stage of the 2011 Tour de France.
Tyler Farrar pedaled around Grenoble for about an hour Saturday morning with only two things on his mind. The rider from Wenatchee wanted to safely complete the 20th stage individual time trial of the Tour de France and then focus on Sunday's race finale and the last sprinters' stage.
ALPE D’HUEZ, France — Andy Schleck of Luxembourg became the fourth leader of Tour de France, while Tyler Farrar endured a final day in the Alps today and is now about 85 miles from completing the Tour de France for the second time. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) of France rode to a 12-second solo win in the 68-mile 19th stage that finished with the famous 21 switchbacks to favorite French ski resort, in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds.
GALIBIER SERRE-CHEVALIER, France — Andy Schleck of Luxembourg pedaled to a solo victory in the highest stage in race history while surprising Frenchman Thomas Voeckler kept the race lead for the 10th day today at the Tour de France. While Schleck (Leopard-Trek) claimed the 124.5-mile trek from Pinerolo, Italy, to Galibier Serre-Chevalier, France in 6 hours, 7 minutes and 56 seconds to move within 15 seconds of the race lead, Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee endured another day in the Alps near the back of the pack.
PINEROLO, France — The 98th edition of the Tour de France in some ways begins today with the two-day centennial of a climb to a mountain pass, the ascent of which was once considered madness. The race will twice visit the Col du Galibier, the summit in the Alps, first negotiated in 1911 when Frenchman Emile Georget was the first rider to pass the summit in the ninth Tour de France. Until then, the difficult route was only used by drug smugglers.
As Tour enters final stages, Tyler chats about strategy
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.
Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee finished second while nemesis Mark Cavendish of Great Britain claimed his fourth stage Sunday in the 15th stage and second-to-last sprinters' stage of the Tour de France.
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 3 hours, 47 minutes and 36 seconds.