Begium—The professional road racing season may be winding down, but Garmin-Slipstream sprinter Tyler Farrar hasn’t slowed down a bit. On Sunday the American speedster added another major victory to his incredible 2009 season with a win at the four-day Franco-Belge stage race.
Farrar showed great poise in Sunday’s 147-kilometer Stage 4 from Mons to Tornai, Belgium, protecting his overall lead despite suffering a flat tire less than 5 kilometers from the finish. With two stage wins already in the bag, Farrar just had to finish with the main group to take the overall victory. He had a scare when he punctured inside of 5km to go, but his Garmin-Slipstream squad came to the rescue, helping him chase back on before the finish.
Argentinean Juan Jose Haedo won the final group sprint, but Farrar had enough of an overall lead to take the GC win ahead of Belgian national champion Tom Boonen (second, 8 seconds back) and Brit Roger Hammond (third, 14 seconds back).
Belgium-France, October 1-4
1. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg), Saxo Bank, 3:22:29
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr), Francaise des Jeux, same time
3. Roger Hammond (GBr), Cervelo Test Team, same time
4. Danilo Napolitano (Ita), Katusha, same time
5. Stefan Van Dijk (Ned), Veranda Willems, same timeGeneral Classification1. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, 18:27:33
2. Tom Boonen (Bel), Quick Step, at 0:08
3. Roger Hammond (GBr), Cervelo Test Team, at 0:14
4. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg), Saxo Bank, at 0:20
5. Steven De Jongh (Ned), Quick Step, at 0:21