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Tyler Farrar, a rider once seen as America’s next big Classics hope, has announced his retirement. The Team Dimension Data rider competed in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal at the weekend and will now hang up his racing wheels.
The 33-year-old spoke about the decision with the Peloton Brief website. “I think it’s all been amazing,” he said of his time in the professional ranks. “It’s been a great adventure but sometimes it’s time to start a new chapter, and I’m pretty ready for it.”
Asked for his highlights, he said that big victories were important and so too great moments with his teams. But one memory stands out. “For me personally, when I finished my first Tour de France, that first turn onto the Champs Elysee, and seeing the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the street…it’s so iconic. It’s the thing as a kid you dream about so much, that really touched me then and still I’d hold that as one of my all time highlights.”
Farrar’s successes include stages in the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia, plus Scheldeprijs and two editions of the Vattenfall Cyclassics. He also had top-5 finishes in races such as the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Paris-Tours.
Speaking of the low points, he mentioned the death of his friend Wouter Weylandt in the 2011 Giro d’Italia. He said that the tough moments are part of life. “You have to take the good with the bad. On the whole it’s been a pretty wild ride, and I’ve been lucky to live it.”
See more here at The Peloton Brief.