Tyler Farrar will leave Giro after stage honoring Wouter Weylandt

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published May. 10, 2011
  • Updated May. 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (VN) – Tyler Farrar started Tuesday’s fourth stage in honor of his best friend, but will leave the Giro d’Italia following the tragic news of the death of Wouter Weylandt.

The Garmin-Cervélo sprinter did not speak to reporters before the start of the stage in Genoa, but teammate David Millar confirmed that Farrar would leave the race following Tuesday’s finish.

“Wouter was one of those people who you thought would never die,” Millar told journalists before the start of the stage. “His best friend is on our team. Tyler will leave the Giro tonight.”

Farrar was so shaken up by the tragic death of Weylandt that he decided it was better to not continue in the race.

Weylandt and Farrar were training partners and friends, often socializing with their respective girlfriends in Ghent, where Farrar makes his European residence.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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