The 202 km stage stretched between Carrara and Indicatore (Arezzo). Despite an early breakaway, the peloton was prepared for a fast finish, coming all together just before the 30km mark with Garmin-Cervelo leading the chase.
The boys in argyle dominated the last 20km to set up the sprint for Farrar, who scored a leadout from none other than World Champion Thor Hushovd.
The last 7km was fraught with attacks and riders jostling for position but the Argyle Armada used every man to keep Farrar safe and Hushovd successfully ushered him to the front and kept him there.
Farrar exploded in the final meters to take the stage and the overall lead, marking his third win of the season.
Director sportif Jonathan Vaughters said the team executed the plan to perfection today.
“I’m incredibly proud of this result and the outstanding teamwork it took to accomplish it.”
“This is a huge victory for Tyler and for every rider here in Tirreno – we just proved to the world that we can do what we said we could. I also want to give a special shout out to the Lithuanian express: Ramunas Navardauskas, who put in a great ride along with the rest of the guys.”
“It was a special sight — the rainbow jersey delivering Tyler to the line, and Tyler’s explosive finish.”
— Jonathan Vaughters
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