Q&A Farrar: ‘Hopefully things will click in the classics’

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Mar. 16, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM EDT
Tyler Farrar picked Sagan for the Milan-San Remo win during Tirreno-Adriatico and admits MSR isn't his top priority. Photo: Andrew Hood

SAN BENNEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (VN) – Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) is hoping things “will click” in the coming weeks as the Belgian classic seasons looms.

America’s top sprinter has been close to victory this year, but has been unable to break into the win column so far in 2012. He had some close calls in a tough Tirreno-Adriatico and is hoping the hard week of racing will bode well for the upcoming classics campaign.

He admits that Milan-San Remo is not his top priority even though it’s often called the “sprinter’s classic.” Farrar has never made it over the Cipressa and Poggio to ride down Via Roma to contend for victory in a sprint.

With Robbie Hunter taking over for Julian Dean as he his final lead-out man, Farrar says the new sprint train is functioning well. He says all he needs to do is to finish off the job. caught up with Farrar on the final day of Tirreno to gauge his sensations coming into the classics season; here’s what he had to say: How was Tirreno-Adriatico for you this week?
TF: It was quite a hard week. It hasn’t been the easiest Tirreno, so hopefully it will do my form some good going into the classics. All the lead-up work is done, so from here on out, it’s all the biggest races and hopefully I can get some results.

VN: You’ve had quite a few race days already, but no wins; is it a question of just missing a little luck?
TF: I don’t think my form has been bad. It’s been a bit frustrating. It’s not like I haven’t been there in the mix. Other than winning the team time trial in Qatar, I don’t have any victories, which is definitely frustrating. Hopefully, things are going to click in the next few weeks.

VN: How do you deal with that? You’ve become accustomed to winning in the biggest races …
TF: Of course, it’s always nice for the confidence to get some wins. I’ve done the preparation that I planned to do. I have good sensations, I just hope it will come around between now and Roubaix.

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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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