Farrar beats Cavendish in Tirreno sprint

Farrar Cavendish Tirreno stage 3

American Tyler Farrar of the Garmin won the third stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, beating Mark Cavendish (Columbia) and Italy's Enrico Rossi (Flaminia) in a high-speed sprint finish.

Alessandro Petacchi (LPR) started the sprint very early; Cavendish swept past him and looked set to win the sprint but then Farrar came off his wheel with 100 metres to go and managed to match Cavendish's speed. Cavendish eased up before the line and Farrar threw his bike at the line, winning by half a bike length.

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