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Tour Notebook Stage 4: Amadio defends Nibali; Peiper bullish on Farrar

Peiper remains bullish on Farrar

Stage 4 saw another sprint disrupted for American Tyler Farrar, but Garmin-Sharp team director Allan Peiper remains optimistic that a stage win could still be in the cards.

Peiper believes that Farrar is still in with in a chance for a stage victory during this Tour de France.

“Cav is also improvising and he won, he showed that it’s possible. Tyler’s got great legs and he’s in shape,” Peiper told VeloNews. “Cav is really versatile at getting himself into position, but Tyler is also a great position-maker.”

Peiper sees two more opportunities for the sprints and he believes that Farrar will get his chance.

“One of those days will be for Tyler,” he said. “He just needs a tickle of luck to have a right run.”

Despite some close calls, Farrar comes into this season without anything in the win column, dating back to July 4, 2011, his first Tour stage win. Sprinters typically count their successes in double-digits, but Farrar is still looking for that first win of the season.

Peiper says that Farrar is not giving up on his chances. “Tyler is really confident and he doesn’t seem to be suffering at all mentally because he hasn’t won yet,” he said. “Obviously, he wants to win, but there are other mitigating factors. He focused on the classics in the early season, because he wanted to see for once what he could do in the classics. I think he’s learned what he could do and he knows now he’s a sprinter. He got to the Giro in good shape, but crashed out after three stages. He had all that time coming back, getting back into shape for Switzerland.”

Peiper said Farrar plans to fight all the way to Paris if he can before reloading for the Olympic Games in London a week later.

“The plan is to go all the way to Paris …. and win on the Champs-Élysées,” he said with a laugh. “I still think he’s a fraction off top condition and he’s won races when he’s not top, top shape, so that steads well for a good Tour de France for him.”

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