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Farrar dedicates victory to friend

other Updated: Jul 04, 2011 23:58 IST
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American Tyler Farrar outsprinted the Tour de France peloton to win the third stage on Monday and made a 'W' sign on the line in homage to his best friend, Wouter Weylandt, who died in a crash in the Giro d'Italia in May.

It was the first victory on the Tour for the 27-year-old Garmin-Cervelo rider, who has won stages on the other two big Tours, the Giro and the Spanish Vuelta.

"I wanted to do this for Wouter. It won't change anything but it means I don't forget him. I was thinking about him today," said Farrar, who beat France's Romain Feillu and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas on the last stretch of the 198-km ride to Redon.

Weylandt died on May 9 after crashing in the Giro's third stage and a grief-stricken Farrar retired from the race the following day.

Farrar's team mate Thor Hushovd of Norway retained the overall leader's yellow jersey he had taken on Sunday when Garmin-Cervelo won the team time trial in Les Essarts.

Mark Cavendish, winner of 15 stages in the last three Tours, was Monday's pre-stage favourite but his HTC Highroad team mates were unable to organise themselves in the finale, leaving Farrar's team mates to steal the show.

The Briton, who had to be content with fifth place, said: "We were overtaken by Garmin in the last stretch. I was stuck between Feillu and Rojas and I nearly crashed. I lost my speed.

"Some will probably say I'm lost for the Tour but it's not over yet," Cavendish added.