Pain too much for Farrar to continue
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.”
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.