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Farrar out of Tour while Evans aims for Top 5

Farrar out of Tour while Evans aims for Top 5

Sprinter 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 injured himself in one of numerous crashes on rain-slicked roads on the second stage of the Tour, and during Friday's 12th stage he abandoned before the end.
"I am devastated to leave the Tour and my teammates," Farrar said. "It's the event we go for all year. 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 on 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."
Vaughters admits the stage 2 crash totally undid his Tour plans.
"Yeah, it's all due to the same crash in Spa," he said. "We've been limping along with those injuries."
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EVANS BID: George Hincapie is determined to help two-time Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans finish in the top 5.
Evans has been riding in pain for several days after breaking his left elbow in a crash on Sunday in the Alps.
The 33-year-old Australian is in 18th place overall, more than 8 minutes behind race leader Andy Schleck, and has virtually no chance of a podium place.
But the veteran rider Hincapie remains optimistic that the BMC Racing Team will do all it can to move Evans up the overall classification before the race ends on July 25 in Paris.
"We still believe Cadel can be in the top five despite his injury," Hincapie said. "He just has to get back to the level he was coming into the Tour. We have full confidence he can do that."
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DWINDLING PACK: French rider Samuel Dumoulin did not start Friday's 12th stage, and U.S. sprinter Tyler Farrar did not complete it as the Tour pack gradually dwindles in one of its most punishing editions of recent years.
After 12 hectic, crash-filled stages, there are now 176 riders remaining heading into Saturday's 13th stage from Rodez to Revel.
Following that, four tortuous mountain stages in the Pyrenees could further reduce the tired and battered field.


Updated : 2021-05-07 22:22 GMT+08:00