Farrar dedicates win to Weylandt

Thu, 16 Jun 15:35:00 2011

Tyler Farrar won the second stage of the Ster ZLM Toer from Eindhoven to Sittard/Geleen, dedicating it to his late friend Wouter Weylandt.

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The Garmin-Cervelo rider made a ‘W’ symbol with his arms as he crossed the line at the head of a bunch sprint.

Leopard Trek rider Weylandt died following an accident during the recent Giro d’Italia.

American Farrar pulled away from Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto), second and third respectively, in the final yards of the 177km stage.

“It was a very important victory after the last month, which has been very, very tough for me,” said Farrar. “It’s still hard to talk about it.”

An early five-man attack in the pouring rain was reeled in with 10km to go. Anthony Roux (FDJ) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) then tried their luck on a small climb, joined by four other riders including Niki Terpstra (Quick Step).

However the peloton again caught up and, after a final break for glory from Gilbert, Farrar led the sprinters to the line.

Farrar is now third while Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) keeps the race lead after his time trial success in the prologue.


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