Farrar abandons Tour and puts dream of stage win on hold

Tyer Farrar and Martijn Maaskant, Tour de France 2010 stage 5

Mark Cavendish will take Tyler Farrar off his list of sprint rivals for the next Tour de France stages. The American of team Garmin-Transitions finished third to Cavendish yesterday, but today found the pain of a fractured wrist bone too much to handle and abandoned.

"He's a hard nut," said Garmin sports director, Matt White. "The wrist is not going to heal until he has time off the bike."

Farrar crashed and fractured a bone in his left wrist during stage two to Spa last Monday. The crash also affected top classification rider Andy Schleck and Brad Wiggins, and sent Garmin captain Christian Vande Velde home with two fractured ribs.

Despite the crash, Farrar struggled on and nearly took his first Tour de France win last week in Gueugnon. He finished second to Cavendish, who scored his second stage win at this Tour de France.

Yesterday, Farrar finished third in the sprint to Bourg-lès-Valence

"Everyday after Tyler sprints, he is in a world of pain," continued White. "Today, he got dropped on the first climb and couldn't even hold on to the wheels."

Farrar abandoned near kilometre 50, climbed into the team car and put his dream of a Tour win on hold until next year. His goal now, said White, is to recover and prepare for the Vuelta a España and the World Championships.

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Tour de France 2010: Stage reports

Stage 12: Rodriguez wins as Contador attacks

Stage 11: Cavendish bags third stage win but lead out man kicked out of Tour

Stage 10: Cavendish bags third stage win but his lead-out man is kicked out of race

Stage 10: Paulinho claims narrow stage victory on Bastille day

Stage nine: Casar wins stage as Schleck and Contador go head-to-head

Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour's white

Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up

Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour

Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims

Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC

Stage three live coverage: As it happened

Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa

Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters

Prologue: Cancellara pips Martin to win

Tour de France 2010: Photos

Stage 11 photo gallery

Stage 10 photo gallery

Stage nine photo gallery

Stage eight photo gallery

Tour 2010 wallpaper

Stage seven photo gallery

Stage six photo gallery

Stage five photo gallery

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one gallery

Prologue photo gallery

Tour de France 2010: Videos

Stage 11 video highlights

Stage 10 video highlights

Stage nine video highlights

Stage eight video highlights

Stage seven video highlights

Stage six video highlights

Stage five video highlights

Stage four video highlights

Stage three video highlights

Stage two video highlights

Stage one video highlights

Prologue video highlights

Tour de France 2010: Race guide

Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly's coverage index

Official start list, with race numbers

Brits at the Tour 2010

Tout team guide

Tour jerseys: What they are and what they mean

Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins

Tour de France 2010: Pictures

Tour team presentation, Rotterdam

Tour teams take to the cobbles: Photo special


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