Tyler Farrar

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Tyler Farrar
File:Tyler Farrar CD 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Tyler Farrar
Born (1984-06-02) June 2, 1984 (age 37)
Wenatchee, Washington,
United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Dimension Data
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
2003 Jelly Belly–Carlsbad Clothing Company
2004–2005 Health Net–Maxxis
2006–2007 Cofidis
2008–2014 Slipstream–Chipotle
2015– MTN–Qhubeka
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)
Infobox last updated on
January 6, 2014

Tyler Farrar (born June 2, 1984) is an American professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI Professional Continental team Team Dimension Data. 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 career

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,[1] 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 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.[2]

In May 2011, Farrar, together with the entire Leopard Trek team, 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.[3]

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.[4]

Farrar crashed four times in the 2012 Tour de France,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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."[9]

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".[10]

After seven years with Slipstream–Chipotle and a winless 2014 season,[note 1] Farrar signed with MTN–Qhubeka for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.[11]


1st, Overall, Yellow jersey Tour de l'Abitibi
1st, Stage 4
1st, Stage 7, Tour de l'Avenir
1st, MaillotUSA.PNG National Criterium Championships
1st, Stage 2, Tour de l'Avenir
1st, Stage 2, GP CTT Correios de Portugal
9th, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1st, Overall, Yellow jersey Tour of the Bahamas
1st, Green jersey 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, Yellow jersey Delta Tour Zeeland
1st, Green jersey Points classification
1st, Prologue
1st, Overall, Yellow jersey Tour de Wallonie-Picarde
1st, Green jersey Points classification
1st, Stages 1 & 2
1st, Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st, Stages 1, 2 & 4, Eneco Tour
1st, Stage 3, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st, Stage 10, Vuelta a España
1st, Overall, Yellow jersey Delta Tour Zeeland
1st, Green jersey Points classification
1st, Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st, Scheldeprijs
1st, Stages 2 & 10, Giro d'Italia
1st, Stages 5 & 21, Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 3, Three Days of De Panne
2nd, GP Ouest-France
3rd, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
5th, Tour of Flanders
9th, Gent–Wevelgem
1st, Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
1st, Trofeo Cala Millor
1st, Stages 2 (TTT) & 3, Tour de France
1st, Stage 2, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st, Stage 2, Ster ZLM Toer
3rd, Dwars door Vlaanderen
3rd, Gent–Wevelgem
4th, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
10th, UCI World Road Race Championships
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st, Green jersey Points classification
1st, Stages 1 & 5
1st, Stage 2 (TTT), Tour of Utah
1st, Stage 4 (TTT), Giro d'Italia
2nd, Scheldeprijs
2nd, Overall, Tour of Qatar
1st, Stage 2 (TTT)
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, Green jersey Points classification
1st, Stage 3
2nd, Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd, Scheldeprijs
4th, Vattenfall Cyclassics
8th, E3 Harelbeke
8th, Overall, Tour de l'Eurometropole
10th, Overall, Ster ZLM Toer
1st, Red jersey Points classification
9th, Scheldeprijs[12]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro WD WD WD WD 147
Yellow jersey Tour 148 WD 158 151 154
golden jersey Vuelta WD 141 WD 124
DSQ Disqualified
IP In Progress
WD Withdrew


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.[13][14]


  1. He won Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour of Beijing after signing with MTN–Qhubeka.


  1. Giro d'Italia 2010: Tyler Farrar clinches stage as world champion Cadel Evans takes lead Telegraph, May 9, 2010
  2. "Tyler Farrar honored by the city of Ghent (Belga)". February 22, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Giro honors Weylandt with neutral stage, peloton vows to race Wednesday".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Tyler Farrar sprints to victory on third stage". Guardian. July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Fourth Tour Crash for Farrar". Cycling Weekly, July 6, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Peter Hymas (August 21, 2012). "Farrar wins opening stage in Telluride". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved August 26, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Pat Malach (August 25, 2012). "Farrar sprints to stage 5 victory in Colorado". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved August 26, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Farrar's worlds' preparation affected by Tour of Britain concussion". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. September 10, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Shane Stokes (October 17, 2012). "Farrar fully recovered from concussion and given green light to resume training". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved October 17, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Stephen Farrand (22 May 2014). "Farrar fights on in the Giro d'Italia". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 26 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Farrar signs for MTN-Qhubeka". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Benson, Daniel (8 April 2015). "Kristoff wins yet again in Scheldeprijs". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Sponsorship – getting it right The Inner Ring, March 12, 2010[dead link]
  14. Tyler Farrar Transition Lenses ad Bike Radar[dead link]

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