France — One day after suffering another team setback at the Tour de France—this time the loss of Robbie Hunter who broke a bone in his elbow in a Stage 10 crash—American sprinter Tyler Farrar lifted the Garmin-Transitions team’s spirits again with a hard-fought third-place finish in Bourg-les-Valence.
Even without Hunter, who along with New Zealander Julian Dean is one of Farrar’s key lead-out me for the sprint, Farrar put himself in position to win the 184.5km stage on his Felt F1 team bike. In the final approach to the line, as Dean was leading out Farrar, Australian Mark Renshaw bumped both Dean and Farrar and was later disqualified by race officials.
Renshaw’s teammate Mark Cavendish went on to win the stage but Farrar’s third-place finish, which came in spite of Renshaw’s efforts, showed that he has bounced back from injuries sustained in the opening days of the Tour.
Stage 12 is a difficult 210kim race through the Massif Central that features narrow roads and five categorized climbs.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Stage 11, July 15
1. Mark Cavendish (GB), HTC-Columbia, 4:42:29
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita), Lampre-Farnese Vini, same time
3. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Transitions, same time
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa), Caisse d’Epargne, same time
5. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Katusha, same time
1. Andy Schleck (Lux), Saxo Bank, at 1:55
2. Alberto Contador (Spa), Astana, at 0:41
3. Samuel Sanchez (Spa), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 2:45
4. Denis Menchov (Rus), Raboban, at 2:58
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel), Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 3:31