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Farrar Wins Again! Stage 4 victory is his third in Eneco Tour!
8/22/2009

Tyler Farrar jetted to another win aboard his Felt F1 Garmin-Slipstream team bike at the Eneco Tour in Belgium on Saturday. It was the 25-year-old sprinting sensation’s third stage win of the eight-day race through Belgium and The Netherlands, and the victory allowed him to solidify his hold on the overall race lead.

Farrar (second from far left, in white leader's jersey) narrowly edged out Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) and Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre) in a hard-fought sprint at the end of the 221-kilometer stage from Hasselt to Libramont.

Farrar was a surprise winner on a hilly day in the Ardennes. The race featured a flurry of breakaways in the final hour, but Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream team fought to bring them all back, and the American impressed everyone with his ability to make it over the climbs and take the win.

Bradley Wiggins, Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream teammate, was in one of the day’s many breakaways, but was caught by the peloton. Wiggins ended the day in seventh overall, 37 seconds behind Farrar.

Belgian national champion Tom Boonen is now second overall, 20 seconds behind Farrar, followed by Boasson Hagen in third.

Sunday’s stage travels into The Netherlands and features many of the same roads as the Amstel Gold spring classic race. Farrar will have his work cut out from him on a course that favors climbers but says he will try once again to hold his lead.

Eneco Tour, August 18-25
Belgium and The Netherlands


Stage 4
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 5:27:01   
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Columbia-HTC, same time
3. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita), Lampre-NGC, same time
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel), Silence-Lotto, same time
5. Kristof Goddaert (Bel), Topsport-Vlaanderen-Mercator, same time

Overall standings
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 17:51:13
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, at 0:20
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, at 0:23     
4. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step, at 0:35
5. Maarten Tjallingii (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:37   
 
7. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream, at 00:27


Farrar Holds Onto Eneco Tour Lead
8/21/2009

Garmin-Slipstream rider Tyler Farrar maintained his overall lead at the Eneco Tour stage race in Belgium on Friday with a second-place finish in Stage 3. Farrar finished the day with a 10-second GC advantage over stage winner Tom Boonen, now second overall.

A three-man breakaway escaped early, but Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream teammates controlled the race and began chasing them down with 70 kilometers to go in the 158-kilometer stage from Niel to Hasselt. The break was finally reeled in 3 kilometers from the finish and Garmin-Slipstream put Farrar in position to contest the sprint.

Farrar’s British teammate Bradley Wiggins also held his GC position, and now sits fifth overall, 27 seconds back. With hilly terrain and a final stage time trial ahead next Tuesday, Wiggins is in good position to fight for the overall victory.

Farrar will try to hold on to the leader's jersey for another day on Saturday as Stage 4 takes riders 221 kilometers from Hassalt, Belgium, to Libramont.

Eneco Tour, August 18-25
Belgium and The Netherlands


Stage 3
1. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, 3:43:19
2. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, same time    
3. Francisco Chicchi (Ita), Liquigas, same time
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa), Caisse d’Epargne, same time
5. Alexei Markov (Rus), Team Katusha, same time
 
Overall standings
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 12:24:22
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, at 0:10
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, at 0:19     
4. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step, at 0:25      
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream, at 00:27
 
Farrar Strikes Again!
8/20/2009

Super-sprinter Tyler Farrar racked up his second straight win for the Garmin-Slipstream squad Thursday at Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour in Belgium. Farrar kept hold of the race leader’s jersey, continuing an amazing week in which he has scored three wins in five days.

Thursday’s 178-kilometer stage from Ardooie to Brussels ended with a group sprint, and Farrar beat Yauheni Huratovich (Francaise des Jeux) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) in the dash to the line. The 25-year-old American now holds a 13-second lead in the General Classification over Boasson Hagen.

Thursday’s stage featured hills, heat and several breakaways. The final break was finally swept up by the group in the final kilometer. Several riders abandoned the race on Thursday, and Farrar said it was a tough effort getting through the hills but his Garmin-Slipstream teammates, including GC rider Bradley Wiggins, gave him solid support. Wiggins sits fifth overall after Stage 2 and awaits the Ardennes mountains and final time trial in the days ahead.

Stage 3 on Friday is a 158km race from Niel to Hasselt.

Eneco Tour, August 18-25
Belgium and The Netherlands


Stage 1
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 4:17:43      
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr), Francaise Des Jeux, same time      
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, same time           
4. Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step, same time          
5. Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano, same time

Overall standings
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 8:41:09

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, at 0:13    
3. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, at 0:14    
3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step, at 0:19     
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream, at 00:21    

Farrar Takes Over Eneco Tour Lead With Stage 1 Sprint Win!
8/19/2009

Garmin-Slipstream rider Tyler Farrar kept his hot streak alive on Wednesday with a win at Stage 1 of the Eneco Tour stage race in Belgium. The stage win gave the 25-year-old American the overall leader’s jersey in the eight-day stage race through Belgium and The Netherlands.

Farrar unleashed a devastating sprint to beat Belgian national champion Tom Boonen to the line in a sprint finish that was marred by a crash that took down a group of riders in the finishing stretch.

Farrar started the 184.5-kilometer stage from Aalter to Ardooie second overall after a strong prologue performance the day before. Wednesday’s win put him in the leader’s jersey. It was his second major win this week—he scored the biggest victory of his career just three days ago at the Vattenfalls Cyclassics ProTour race in Hamburg, Germany.

Meanwhile, Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream teammate Bradley Wiggins finished with the main group and is now fifth overall in the Eneco Tour. After a fourth-place finish at the Tour de France last month, the Brit will be aiming for a high overall finish.

Eneco Tour, August 18-25
Belgium and The Netherlands


Stage 1
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 4:18:40       
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, same time       
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, same time            
4. Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank, same time            
5. Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram, same time

Overall standings
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 4:23:26 
     
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, at :04      
3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step, at 09      
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, at :10      
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream, at 00:11    



Zabriskie Off to a Strong Start in Utah
8/19/2009

Dave Zabriskie is racing on home turf this week. The resident of Salt Lake City is competing in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah without his usual Garmin-Slipstream teammates, and he got off to a smashing start on Tuesday with a second-place finish in the opening stage, a 4.5-kilometer time trial.

With the opening stage taking place in the foothills outside of Salt Lake City, Zabriskie was in familiar territory. Riding his Felt DA TT bike on roads he knows well, he covered the course in a time of 6:14, just 1 second off the winning time of Brent Bookwalter (BMC).

“It was a nice course that ran beside the capital buildings with quite a few fans out,” Zabriskie told Cyclingnews.com. “I’m really happy to be here.”

The six-day Tour of Utah features lots of mountainous terrain and is considered by many to be the toughest stage race in America. Zabriskie is racing solo, without the support of his Garmin-Slipstream team, but Felt is also represented in the race by the Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin team, which will carry some momentum into the Tour of Utah after an impressive sweep of U.S. Under-23 Road Nationals.

Tour of Utah
August 18-23, Utah

Stage 1 (4.5km)
1. Brent Bookwalter, BMC, 6:13
2. David Zabriskie, Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:01
3. Ian McKissick, BMC, at 0:02
4. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissel,, at 0:03
5. Jeff Louder, BMC, at 0:03

17. Taylor Sheldon, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 0:13
23. Peter Stetina, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 0:15
34. Alex Howes, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 0:19



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