Tyler Farrar


Date of Birth: June 2, 1984
Height: 6'0"/1.83m.
Weight: 160lbs./74kg./11.4 st.
Place of Birth: Wenatchee, Washington
Hometown: Wenatchee, Washington
Residence: Ghent, Belgium
Teams: Garmin-Sharp (2012-present); Garmin-Cervélo (2011); Slipstream-Chipotle (2008-10); Cofidis (2006-07); Health Net-Maxxis (2004-05); Jelly Belly (2003)

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results

  • 2012 Olympic Games, London, England (33rd, road race)
  • 2011 UCI Road World Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark (10th, road race)
  • 2010 UCI Road World Championships, Melbourne, Australia (81st, road race)
  • 2008 UCI Road World Championships, Varese, Italy (63rd, road race)
  • 2005 UCI U23 Road World Championships, Madrid, Spain (10th, time trial)

National Championship Experience

  • 2005 National Pro Criterium Champion, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Three-time 2002 Junior National Track Champion (individual pursuit, team pursuit, sprint) Indianapolis, Indiana

Career Highlights

  • 2nd place — 2014 Scheldeprijs
  • 2nd place — 2014 Dwars door Vlaanderen
  • 1st place — 2013 Tour de l'Eurométropole, stage 3
  • 1st place — 2013 Amgen Tour of California, stage 4 
  • 1st place — 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, stage 1, 5, Sprint classification
  • 1st place — 2012 Tour of Utah, stage 2 (TTT)
  • 1st place — 2012 Giro d'Italia, stage 4 (TTT)
  • 1st place — 2012 Tour of Qatar, stage 2 (TTT)
  • 1st place — 2011 Tour de France, stage 3
  • 1st place — 2011 Tour de France, stage 2 (TTT)
  • 1st place — 2011 Ster ZLM Toer, stage 2
  • 1st place — 2011 Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 2
  • 1st place — 2011 Trofeo Cala Millor
  • 1st place — 2011 Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
  • 1st place — 2010 Vuelta a España, stage 5
  • 1st place — 2010 Vuelta a España, stage 21
  • 1st place — 2010 Vattenfall Cyclassics
  • 1st place — 2010 Delta Tour Zeeland, Overall
  • 1st place — 2010 Giro d’Italia, stage 10
  • 1st place — 2010 Giro d’Italia, stage 2
  • 1st place — 2010 Scheldeprijs
  • 1st place — 2010 Three Days of De Panne, stage 3a
  • 2nd place — 2010 Tour de France, stage 6
  • 1st place — 2009 Vuelta a España, stage 11
  • 1st place — 2009 Vattenfall Cyclassics
  • 1st place — 2009 Delta Tour Zeeland, Overall
  • 1st place — 2009 Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 3
  • 1st place — 2009 Eneco Tour of Belgium, stages 1, 2, 4
  • 1st place — 2009 Circuit Franco-Belge, stage 1, 2, Overall
  • 1st place — 2005 Trofee van Haspengouw
  • 1st place — 2005 Tour de l'Avenir, stage 2
  • 1st place — 2005 Tour de l'Avenir, stage 7
  • 1st place — 2002 Tour de l'Abitibi, Overall

Points of Interest

  • Tyler picked up French while riding for the French-based Cofidis team, but he endeared himself to his Dutch fans by learning their language, which he speaks fluently.
  • With his July 4, 2011, stage 3 Tour de France victory, Farrar became the first American to win a stage of le Tour on the American Independence Day.
  • As a resident of the city of Ghent, Farrar is a favorite among the Belgian people.


Tyler started racing at 13 and with every advancing step of his career, he became virtually a textbook model of the success of USA Cycling's National Development Program (NDP) for which he competed as a junior and U23 rider. He rode for both the NDP and for domestic pro teams before joining the European pro team Cofidis in 2006.

In 2008, Farrar was asked to join Team Slipstream-Chipotle, now Garmin-Sharp, and has since rewarded the team with the most outstanding finishes of his career. He won not one but two stages in the 2010 Giro d'Italia, and after crashing out of the Tour de France he redeemed himself by claiming victory in two stages of the Vuelta a España. He kicked off his 2011 season by winning back-to-back stages in the Challenge Ciclista a Mallorca and went on to win a stage of cycling's ultimate event, the Tour de France. 

No stranger to hardship and tragedy, the popular Ameican sprinter has endured the loss of close friend Wouter Weylandt during the 2011 Giro d'Italia and an accident that left his father paralyzed. While riding his bike to work in 2009, Dr. Ed Farrar was hit head-on by a car, an accident that cost him an inch of his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

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