Farrar dedicates win to Weylandt
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.