Farrar sixth in Dauphine sprint. Wouter on his mind?

Farrar. Recovering from Weylandt.

Worried about Tyler Farrar, a nice guy, a class act, a great sprinter. He and his Garmin-Cervelo guys made a mess of the stage four sprint at the Criterium du Dauphine. C’est insupportable!

Farrar hasn’t been the same since the death of his close friend Wouter Weylandt in the Giro. Devastated, Farrar withdrew two days later and just now seems to be back racing.

Train mechanics and timing are one thing but we’re wondering if Farrar has simply lost a bit of his aggression after such a tragedy. It would certainly be understandable that Farrar has temporarily lost that will to win, the take no prisoners, fight for wheels attitude you need to cross the line first.

The death of Weylandt hit him so hard it has slowed him down.

In Macon, he and lead-out man Julian Dean were out of sync and Sky’s Boasson Hagen slipped in between them. Both Sky and HTC-Columbia overpowered Garmin and Farrar had to settle for sixth. Not bad, not good, surely disappointing and perhaps a concern.

There’s a required period for grieving and moving on. While Farrar is a tough guy on the bike, he’s a sensitive guy off. He’s also a professional sprinter paid to deliver results. All this gets mixed together and makes us wonder how he’s really feeling.

We’re just shy of three weeks before the monster showcase, the biggest stage and stages in the world, the Tour de France. We’d like to see a strong, confident Farrar battling for sprint supremacy with Mark Cavendish — a competition we missed in the Giro. The Battling Buddhist against Boy Racer, full throttle, fast and furious.

We suspect Tyler would tell you nothing is really wrong, just some rust and nothing that won’t be worked off with another week or two of racing. Still, we can’t help but be concerned about Farrar post-Weylandt.

Is something missing?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Marie-Moser/1684263326 Heidi Marie Moser

    Garmin looked strong up until the very end, and I wonder if some of that traffic furniture didn't disrupt their organization? Some crazy shit in the road–I was surprised (and relieved) that no one crashed!

  • stuckinoregon

    We should also remember what happened to Tyler's dad a few years ago: that was also a bike injury, and one that was devastating to his father's health and to the whole family. When Wouter was killed and they were talking about how close he and Tyler were, I remembering immediately thinking that this would affect Tyler's nerve. How could it not? Tyler may be thinking these days that he'd like to live into a healthy old age. Just saying.

  • Henkio

    He can't, but maybe he should just say: I need some time, see you all in January again.
    I feel really sorry for the guy.

  • http://Jayneduvall.com Jaynie

    I think hell rise to the occasion….great post by the way. I did like Tyler's SRAM commercial. Wasn't he also de instated by his father's cycling accident. He's been through a lot.

  • http://Jayneduvall.com Jaynie

    I effin hate auto correct.

    • http://www.atwistedspoke.com TwistedSpoke

      Who doesn't? Matt

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