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Tyler Farrar (born June 2, 1984) is an American former road racing cyclist,[2] who rode professionally between 2003 and 2017 for the Jelly Belly–Carlsbad Clothing Company, Health Net–Maxxis, Cofidis, Garmin–Sharp and Team Dimension Data squads.

Tyler Farrar
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Farrar at the 2015 Scheldeprijs
Personal information
Full nameTyler Farrar
Born (1984-06-02) June 2, 1984 (age 35)
Wenatchee, Washington, United States
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeSprinter
Road Captain[1]
Professional team(s)
2003Jelly Belly–Carlsbad Clothing Company
2004–2005Health Net–Maxxis
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2011)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2010)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2009, 2010)

One-day races and Classics

Vattenfall Cyclassics (2009, 2010)
Scheldeprijs (2010)

Farrar's achievements include winning the 2009 Circuit Franco-Belge and the 2009 and 2010 Vattenfall Cyclassics. In Grand Tours, Farrar has won six individual stages, as well as assisting in two team time trial wins.

Cycling careerEdit

Farrar started racing at 13, and rode for Jelly Belly–Carlsbad Clothing Company in 2003, Health Net–Maxxis in 2004, and Cofidis in 2006 and 2007. In April 2006, he crashed near the finish of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which resulted in a broken collarbone, causing him to miss most of the season. For the 2008 season, he transferred to Slipstream–Chipotle.

He has won stages in the Giro d'Italia,[3] Vuelta a España, Tour de France, Three Days of De Panne, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. He wore the yellow jersey on stage three of the 2008 Tour of California after winning intermediate sprint points during stage two.

Farrar at the 2011 Gent–Wevelgem

Farrar is very popular in Flanders, because he is fluent in Dutch, and lives in the Belgian city of Ghent. In 2012, was made an honorary citizen of Ghent.[4]

In May 2011, Farrar withdrew from the Giro d'Italia as a mark of respect for his friend and training partner Wouter Weylandt, who was killed in an accident during the race.[5]

On July 4, 2011, Farrar won his first Tour de France stage, Stage 3 from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon, becoming the first American to win a stage of the Tour on the Fourth of July.[6]

Farrar crashed four times in the 2012 Tour de France,[7] including a sprint-finish crash, after which he stormed the Argos–Shimano team bus to confront Tom Veelers, whom he blamed for the incident. At the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Farrar took his first two wins of the season. In the opening stage, Farrar stated that he was surprised to have survived the mountainous terrain to be able to contend for the sprint. Arriving in Telluride with a field of 57 riders, he was the fastest man to the line.[8] He won again in the fifth stage of the race, dedicating the win to his former Madison partner Mike Creed, who had been raising money for the victims of the Waldo Canyon fires.[9] Due to his two wins he consolidated enough points to win the green jersey. Later in the season, Farrar crashed heavily during the first stage of the Tour of Britain, reportedly suffering a concussion.[10] In October, Farrar was given clearance to train by the team doctor, Prentice Steffen, who stated: "The health of the athlete is always our top priority."[11]

Farrar has a reputation for causing or, at least, being implicated in crashes. Alessandro Petacchi noted that Farrar had crashed 18 times in the 2013-2014 seasons, stating "There is probably a reason for this". Meanwhile, Farrar denies using reckless or uncoordinated tactics, and ascribed most of his numerous crashes to "realities of modern cycling".[12]

After seven years with Slipstream–Chipotle, Farrar signed with MTN–Qhubeka for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and, later, for the 2017 season.[13] After riding in the 2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Farrar announced his retirement from competition.[2]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 7 Tour de l'Avenir
1st   Senior crit, National Criterium Championships
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 2 GP CTT Correios de Portugal
9th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st   Overall Tour of the Bahamas
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Tour du Poitou-Charentes
4th Univest Grand Prix
5th Paris–Tours
6th Philadelphia International Championship
9th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st   Overall Tour de Wallonie-Picarde
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st   Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
1st   Points classification
1st Prologue
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
Eneco Tour
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 10 Vuelta a España
1st   Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
1st   Points classification
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st Scheldeprijs
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 10
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 5 & 21
1st Stage 3 Three Days of De Panne
2nd GP Ouest–France
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
5th Tour of Flanders
6th Coppa Bernocchi
9th Gent–Wevelgem
10th UCI World Ranking
Tour de France
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 3
1st Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
1st Trofeo Cala Millor
1st Stage 2 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2 Ster ZLM Toer
3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
4th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour of Utah
2nd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
2nd Scheldeprijs
5th Overall Driedaagse van West–Vlaanderen
1st Stage 4 Tour of California
2nd Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
2nd Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
3rd Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole
1st Stage 3
4th Paris–Tours
6th Scheldeprijs
Tour of Beijing
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Scheldeprijs
4th Vattenfall Cyclassics
8th Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole
8th E3 Harelbeke
10th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st   Points classification
9th Scheldeprijs

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia DNF DNF DNF DNF 147
  Tour de France 148 DNF 158 151 154
  Vuelta a España DNF 141 DNF 124 155
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


Farrar appears[when?] in the opening titles of ITV London morning weather forecasts. The forecasts are sponsored by Transitions Lenses who also sponsor Farrar's cycling team.[14][15]


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  2. ^ a b Robertshaw, Henry (September 11, 2017). "Tyler Farrar announces retirement from professional cycling". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Giro d'Italia 2010: Tyler Farrar clinches stage as world champion Cadel Evans takes lead Telegraph, May 9, 2010
  4. ^ "Tyler Farrar honored by the city of Ghent (Belga)". February 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Giro honors Weylandt with neutral stage, peloton vows to race Wednesday".
  6. ^ "Tyler Farrar sprints to victory on third stage". Guardian. July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Fourth Tour Crash for Farrar". Cycling Weekly, July 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Peter Hymas (August 21, 2012). "Farrar wins opening stage in Telluride". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Pat Malach (August 25, 2012). "Farrar sprints to stage 5 victory in Colorado". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  10. ^ "Farrar's worlds' preparation affected by Tour of Britain concussion". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. September 10, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  11. ^ Shane Stokes (October 17, 2012). "Farrar fully recovered from concussion and given green light to resume training". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  12. ^ Stephen Farrand (May 22, 2014). "Farrar fights on in the Giro d'Italia". Future plc. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "Farrar signs for MTN-Qhubeka". Future plc. September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Sponsorship – getting it right The Inner Ring, March 12, 2010 Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Tyler Farrar Transition Lenses ad Bike Radar Archived 2012-07-24 at

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