After several near misses in last year’s Giro, Farrar broke through to take his first ever Giro stage win
on his Felt F1 team bike.
"It’s fantastic to have won,” Farrar said after outsprinting Australian Matthew Goss and Italian Fabio Sabatini at the end of the 209km stage in Utrecht, The Netherlands. “It’s certainly one of the special ones.”
Stage 2 was the second of three days’ racing in The Netherlands, before the race moves to Italy for the remaining two-and-a-half weeks. The flat but twisty route from Amsterdam to Utrecht challenged riders with narrow roads and obstacles.
There were a handful of big crashes in the final 50km, including one that took down Farrar. His teammates dropped back and paced Farrar back to the main field, keeping him out of trouble until the finish. David Millar
and Julian Dean
protected Farrar in the final kilometer, keeping him near the front around a tight righthand corner 250 meters from the finish. From there, Farrar made his move, holding off everyone to take the win.
The crashes split the field into groups, and race leader Bradley Wiggins was caught out, losing 37 seconds to Farrar’s lead group. The American now sits second overall, just 1 second behind race leader Cadel Evans of Australia. His teammate Millar is now fifth overall, 4 seconds back.
Monday’s stage 4 travels from Amsterdam to Middleburg and is expected to come down to another sprint. GIRO D’ITALIA
May 8-30Stage 2, Amsterdam-Utrecht. 209km 1. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Transitions, 4:56:46
2. Matthew Goss (Aus), HTC-Columbia, same time
3. Fabio Sabatini (Ita), Liquigas-Doimo, same time
4. Andre Greipel (Ger), HTC-Columbia, same time
5. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita), Lampre-Farnese Vini, same timeOverall (after Stage 2)
1. Cadel Evans (Aus), 5:07:092. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Transitions, at 0:01
3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Astana, at 0:03
4. Richie Porte (Aus), Saxo Bank, same time5. David Millar (GB), Garmin-Transitions, at 0:04