Team Garmin-Slipstream’s sprinter Tyler Farrar continued to show strong form and presence in a tricky sprint finish on the third stage of the Giro d’Italia, nearly taking out the stage win just behind Alessandro Petacchi. But his second place on the stage moved him up to second place overall and earned him the white jersey for best young rider!
What’s more is that Farrar broke his rear derailleur cable in the massive pile-up with 10km to go in the stage — meaning that he had to get back up to speed and then battle for wheels entirely in his 12!
Unfortunately, a crash earlier in the stage put team captain Christian Vande Velde on the ground. He was taken to the hospital along with the team’s medical staff where he was diagnosed with two broken ribs and a severe contusion and sprain to his mid-back. He will return to Girona as soon as possible for further examination and rehabilitation.
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