Fan gives Tyler Farrar shoes and bike after crash to save his Tour Down Under

The American took a spectator's bike after suffering a mechanical towards the end of stage three of the Tour Down Under, and escaped disqualification from the organisers

Photo: Anne Fedorowytsch /

A fan saved Tyler Farrar's Tour Down Under by offering not only his bike, but his shoes, so that the American could continue after a nasty crash in the third stage to Campbelltown, Australia.

The helping hand is against the rules, as Richie Porte knows from his Giro d'Italia experience, but the governing body made an exception in this case.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.