Pain too much for Far­rar to con­tinue

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

MENDE, France — Tyler Far­rar pulled out of the Tour de France on Fri­day be­cause the pain from rid­ing 10 stages af­ter break­ing his left wrist fi­nally proved too much for him.

The Amer­i­can sprint spe­cial­ist was in­jured in one of nu­mer­ous crashes on rain-slicked roads on the sec­ond stage of the Tour, and he aban­doned Fri­day’s 12th stage be­fore the end.

“I am dev­as­tated to leave the Tour and my team­mates,” Far­rar said. “I’ve been suf­fer­ing since my crash on Stage 2 and to­day the pain was just too much. I couldn’t push through.”

Far­rar’s in­jury is the lat­est set­back for the in­jury-hit Garmin-Tran­si­tions team. Chris­tian Vande Velde and Robert Hunter have also pulled out. Vande Velde broke two ribs, also in a fall dur­ing Stage 2.

“Sure, we’ve had bad luck. But look at what these guys have gone through to get this far in the race,” Garmin’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Vaugh­ters said. “Even with a bro­ken wrist and sprained el­bow, Tyler has run sec­ond and third in sprints.”

Bas Czerwinski AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Amer­i­can Tyler Far­rar gri­maces in pain af­ter crash­ing dur­ing the sec­ond stage of the Tour on July 5. Far­rar with­drew from the Tour on Fri­day.

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