Washington's very own professional cyclist, Tyler Farrar, sat down for an interview with Versus' Brian Pinelli. It's a pretty good read.
Rookie sprinters don't win stages at the Tour de France. It just doesn't happen. Too many experienced riders, too much pressure, too many variables - the reasons are endless.
Last July, American Tyler Farrar came painfully close - twice! And he was in contention for a handful more. Needless to say, the 26-year-old rider's debut at last year's Tour de France sufficiently exceeded expectations.
"The Tour is kind of its own beast - it's the biggest race in the world and no other race is quite like it," said Farrar during an interview while training in Girona, Spain. "Last year I rode in the Giro, but it's not quite the same and I didn't really know what I was in for (at the Tour). It ended up going pretty well."
At stage two in Brignole, Farrar turned some heads finishing second, three bike-lengths behind Britain's Mark Cavendish. Despite a crash four days later, which resulted in bruised ribs, the American continued to challenge for wins. Come stage 11, Farrar was second yet again to Cavendish, this time narrowly being edged to the line by less than a bike's length.
Read the rest of the article on the versus cycling site.