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Tyler Farrar

Tyler Farrar
Farrar at the 2015 Scheldeprijs
Personal information
Full nameTyler Farrar
Born (1984-06-02) June 2, 1984 (age 39)
Wenatchee, Washington, United States
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeSprinter
Road Captain[1]
Professional teams
2003Jelly Belly–Carlsbad Clothing Company
2004–2005Health Net–Maxxis
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2011)
1 TTT stage (2011)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2010)
1 TTT stage (2012)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2009, 2010)

One-day races and Classics

Vattenfall Cyclassics (2009, 2010)
Scheldeprijs (2010)

Tyler Farrar (born June 2, 1984) is an American former road racing cyclist,[2] who rode professionally between 2003 and 2017 for the Jelly Belly–Carlsbad Clothing Company, Health Net–Maxxis, Cofidis, Garmin–Sharp and Team Dimension Data squads.

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,[3] 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 at the 2011 Gent–Wevelgem

Until the end of his career in 2017, Farrar lived in the Belgian city of Ghent, where he was made an honorary citizen in 2012.[4] He was fluent in Dutch and was popular in Flanders.

In May 2011, Farrar 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.[5] This tragedy occurred on stage 3 and on stage 4 the teams agreed not to race at all as they completed the entire stage at a steady pace with each team taking ten kilometers at the front with no attacks being made and the peloton staying together the entire time. Three kilometres from the finish Weylandt's eight teammates on Team Leopard-Trek came to the front and were also joined by Farrar, even though he was riding for Garmin-Cervelo. The nine riders rode together side by side as the rest of the peloton stayed back and as they approached the finish they did so arm in arm for the final fifty or so meters, all crossing the line together.[6] The entire Leopard-Trek team and Farrar bowed out of the race following this tribute to their fallen teammate.

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.[7] It would be ten years before another American would win a Tour de France stage.[8]

Farrar crashed four times in the 2012 Tour de France,[9] including a sprint-finish crash, after which he stormed the Argos–Shimano team bus to confront Tom Veelers, whom he blamed for the incident. He later took his first two wins of the season at the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. In the opening stage of that race, Farrar arrived in Telluride with a field of 57 riders and won a reduced bunch sprint at the finish. Afterwards, he stated that he was surprised to have survived the mountainous terrain to be able to contend for the sprint.[10] Farrar 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.[11] 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.[12] 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."[13]

Farrar has a reputation for causing or being involved in crashes. Alessandro Petacchi noted that Farrar had crashed 18 times in the 2013-2014 seasons, commenting "There is probably a reason for this". Farrar denies using reckless or uncoordinated tactics, and ascribed most of his numerous crashes to "realities of modern cycling".[14]

After seven years with Slipstream–Chipotle, Farrar signed with MTN–Qhubeka for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and again for the 2017 season.[15] After riding in the 2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Farrar announced his retirement from competition.[2]

When Farrar took the stage victory in the 2011 Tour de France it gave him a stage win in all three grand tours. Tyler Hamilton is the only other American to have accomplished this.


After retiring from cycle racing, Farrar became a firefighter in Kirkland, Washington,[16] as part of the City of Kirkland Fire Department.[17]

Major results

10th Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Stage 4
9th Ronde van Vlaanderen U23
1st Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
1st Stage 7 Tour de l'Avenir
2nd Criterium, National Road Championships
9th Paris–Tours Espoirs
10th La Côte Picarde
2005 (1 pro win)
1st Criterium, National Road Championships
1st Stage 4 Ronde de l'Isard
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Avenir
2nd Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Grand Prix de Waregem
5th Wachovia Classic
10th Time trial, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
5th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
5th Grand Prix de Rennes
2007 (1)
GP CTT Correios de Portugal
1st Points classification
1st Stage 2
9th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2008 (1)
1st Overall Tour of the Bahamas
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de Georgia
4th Univest Grand Prix
5th Paris–Tours
6th Philadelphia International Championship
8th Lehigh Valley Classic
9th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
2009 (11)
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie-Picarde
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
1st Points classification
1st Prologue
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
Eneco Tour
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 11 Vuelta a España
2010 (8)
1st Yellow jersey Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
1st Green jersey Points classification
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st Scheldeprijs
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 10
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 5 & 21
1st Stage 3 Three Days of De Panne
2nd GP Ouest–France
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
5th Tour of Flanders
6th Coppa Bernocchi
9th Gent–Wevelgem
10th UCI World Ranking
2011 (4)
1st Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
1st Trofeo Cala Millor
Tour de France
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 3
1st Stage 2 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2 Ster ZLM Toer
3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
4th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2012 (2)
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Green jersey Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour of Utah
2nd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
2nd Scheldeprijs
5th Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2013 (2)
1st Stage 4 Tour of California
2nd Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
2nd Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
3rd Overall Tour de l'Eurométropole
1st Stage 3
4th Paris–Tours
6th Scheldeprijs
2014 (1)
Tour of Beijing
1st Green jersey Points classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Scheldeprijs
4th Vattenfall Cyclassics
8th Overall Tour de l'Eurométropole
8th E3 Harelbeke
10th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Red jersey Points classification
9th Scheldeprijs

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF DNF DNF DNF 147
A yellow jersey Tour de France 148 DNF 158 151 154
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 141 DNF 124 155

Classics results timeline

Monument 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Milan–San Remo DNF DNF 42 46 109 94
Tour of Flanders DNF 53 5 13 99 46 47 58 117 121
Paris–Roubaix 57 OTL 28 29 58 67 54 DNF OTL
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Did not contest during career
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad DNF 127 99 3 70 51
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 9 77 102 DNF 4 18 81 66
E3 Saxo Bank Classic DNF 44 8 64 82 65
Gent–Wevelgem DNF 9 3 55 DNF 131 DNF 80 96
Dwars door Vlaanderen DNF 114 3 50 2 52
Scheldeprijs 1 DNF 2 6 2 9 60 117
Hamburg Cyclassics DNF 73 1 1 4 55 146
GP Ouest-France 111 2 96
Paris–Tours 63 5 46 4
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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. In 2010, Transition Lenses featured Farrar in its online advertisements.[18][19]


  1. ^ "Farrar relishes role as road captain |". Archived from the original on 22 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Robertshaw, Henry (11 September 2017). "Tyler Farrar announces retirement from professional cycling". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ Giro d'Italia 2010: Tyler Farrar clinches stage as world champion Cadel Evans takes lead Telegraph, May 9, 2010
  4. ^ "Tyler Farrar honored by the city of Ghent (Belga)". 22 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Giro honors Weylandt with neutral stage, peloton vows to race Wednesday". Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Stage neutralised as Giro d'Italia pays tribute to Wouter Weylandt". Cycling News by Barry Ryan. 10 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Tyler Farrar sprints to victory on third stage". Guardian. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Sepp Kuss becomes first American to win Tour de France stage since 2011; Tadej Pogacar increases overall lead". ESPN. 11 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Fourth Tour Crash for Farrar". Cycling Weekly, July 6, 2012. 5 July 2012.
  10. ^ Peter Hymas (21 August 2012). "Farrar wins opening stage in Telluride". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  11. ^ Pat Malach (25 August 2012). "Farrar sprints to stage 5 victory in Colorado". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Farrar's worlds' preparation affected by Tour of Britain concussion". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  13. ^ Shane Stokes (17 October 2012). "Farrar fully recovered from concussion and given green light to resume training". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  14. ^ Stephen Farrand (22 May 2014). "Farrar fights on in the Giro d'Italia". Future plc. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Farrar signs for MTN-Qhubeka". Future plc. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  16. ^ Benson, Daniel (24 March 2020). "Firefighter Farrar: From one dream job to another". Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  17. ^ "2018 Annual Report" (PDF). City of Kirkland Fire Department. p. 12. Retrieved 24 March 2020. 9/1/18 Tyler Farrar
  18. ^ Sponsorship – getting it right The Inner Ring, March 12, 2010 Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Tyler Farrar Transition Lenses ad Bike Radar Archived 2012-07-24 at
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