Belgium—American Tyler Farrar overcame two crashes and battled to a valiant fifth-place finish at Sunday’s Tour of Flanders Spring Classic in Belgium. Farrar’s top-five, his best-ever finish at Flanders, highlighted a great day of racing by the Garmin-Transitions team.
Farrar’s teammate David Millar, fresh off a win at the Three Days of De Panne stage race, put in a huge effort, chasing several times to stay at the front of the race, and eventually led his teammate Farrar out at the finish.
“I was more exhausted after the race than I can ever remember being,” said Millar, who is more accustomed to stage racing and time trials than the grueling cobbled Spring Classics. “But I think I’ve fallen in love with Flanders.”
Farrar, who said he has the best form of his life, showed incredible speed on his Felt F1 at the end of the punishing 259-kilometer race. He outsprinted a large bunch behind winner Fabian Cancellara to earn the fifth-place finish.
Farrar said he nearly abandoned the race after crashing twice in less than a kilometer, but Garmin-Transitions team director Matt White encouraged him to continue.
“To finish in the top five here is truly a dream come true,” Farrar said.
94TH TOUR OF FLANDERS
Belgium. April 4
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Saxo Bank, 6:25:56
2. Tom Boonen (Bel), Quick Step, at 1:15
3. Philippe Gilbert (Bel), Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 2:11
4. Bjorn Leukemans (Bel), Vacansoleil, at 2:15
5. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Transitions, at 2:35